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EDVARD MUNCH

In 1885 Edvard Munch, then in his early twenties, stepped off the boat in Antwerp on his way to Paris. It was his first experience of being abroad. It was the time of the World Exhibition, where not only technical brilliance was on view but also the work of the European avant-garde. Ten years later he became strongly focused on graphic art. Many of his greatest works, lithographs, date from the years before the turn of the century.

1863

Born – 12 December in Løten, Norway.

1868

Mother dies of tuberculosis.

1877

Favourite sister, Sophie, dies of tuberculosis.

1881

Enrols with the art academy of Kristiania (Oslo).

1885

Trip to Antwerp. World Exhibition. First experience abroad.

1889

First solo exhibition in Kristiania (Oslo). Father dies.

1892

Moves to Berlin. Forms friendship with August Strindberg, Gustav Vigeland, Stanislav Prziebizewsky and others. Focuses on graphic art.

1908

Struck by a nervous breakdown. Treatment in Copenhagen until 1909.

1916

Buys small country house in Ekely, just outside Oslo. Lives there for the rest of his life.

1944

Dies in Ekely on 23 January as a result of  a lung infection. Had received the Order of St. Olav in 1933 and the Legion d’Honneur in 1934.

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