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.
Born – 12 December in Løten, Norway.
Mother dies of tuberculosis.
Favourite sister, Sophie, dies of tuberculosis.
Enrols with the art academy of Kristiania (Oslo).
Trip to Antwerp. World Exhibition. First experience abroad.
First solo exhibition in Kristiania (Oslo). Father dies.
Moves to Berlin. Forms friendship with August Strindberg, Gustav Vigeland, Stanislav Prziebizewsky and others. Focuses on graphic art.
Struck by a nervous breakdown. Treatment in Copenhagen until 1909.
Buys small country house in Ekely, just outside Oslo. Lives there for the rest of his life.
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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