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Edvard Munch's visit to Paris and Berlin

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Munch arrived in Paris during the festivities of the “Exposition Universelle” and lived with two fellow Norwegian artists. He used to spend much of his time at Bonnat's busy studio, exhibitions, galleries, and museums. His picture “Morning” was displayed at the Norwegian pavilion.

He also had a visit to modern European art where he got influenced by three artists, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. He was very much attracted by the colors they used to convey the emotion.

Particularly, he was influenced by Gauguin's “reaction against realism” and his principle, which says “art was human work and not an imitation of Nature”.

Munch received the news of his father's passing away and he returned home for the arrangement of large loan from a weal thy Norwegian collector. Now there was no one left in his family.

In 1892, the Union of Berlin Artists invited Munch to exhibit at its November exhibition, the society's first one-man exhibition. However, his paintings involved in bit controversy and after one week the exhibition closed.

In Berlin, Munch involved himself in an international circle of writers, artists and critics, including the Swedish dramatist and leading intellectual August Strindberg, whom he painted in 1892.

He fully utilized the four years in Berlin and sketched out most of the ideas that would comprise his major work. Of which the big one was “The Frieze of Life”, which was first designed for book illustration but later expressed in paintings.

He sold little, but made some income from charging entrance fees to view his controversial paintings. His other paintings include casino scenes, showing a simplification of form which marked his early mature style.

Munch also began to favor a shallow pictorial space and a minimal backdrop for his frontal figures. Poses were supposed to be chosen to produce the most convincing images of states of mind and psychological conditions.

Munch's figures appear to play roles on a theatre stage, such as in “Death in the Sick-Room”, whose mime of fixed postures signify various emotions and in “The Scream”, Munch's men and women now appear more symbolic than realistic.

By FW Editor

Tags: artist, painting, style

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Date Added: 06 April '10

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