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For Edvard Munch (1863-1944), painting was an act of self-liberation. His treatments of fear, desperation, and death still exert a powerful visual and psychological effect on modern viewers. Of all Munch's paintings, The Scream (1893), representing a figure tortured by horror, is the most well-known-and certainly one of the most expressive. The artist reflected his innermo For Edvard Munch (1863-1944), painting was an act of self-liberation. His treatments of fear, desperation, and death still exert a powerful visual and psychological effect on modern viewers. Of all Munch's paintings, The Scream (1893), representing a figure tortured by horror, is the most well-known-and certainly one of the most expressive. The artist reflected his innermost feelings in his work: In reality, my art is a free confession, an attempt to clarify to myself my own relation to life... Although Edvard Munch cannot be clearly identified with any single movement, he is deemed a pioneer of Expressionism.


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For Edvard Munch (1863-1944), painting was an act of self-liberation. His treatments of fear, desperation, and death still exert a powerful visual and psychological effect on modern viewers. Of all Munch's paintings, The Scream (1893), representing a figure tortured by horror, is the most well-known-and certainly one of the most expressive. The artist reflected his innermo For Edvard Munch (1863-1944), painting was an act of self-liberation. His treatments of fear, desperation, and death still exert a powerful visual and psychological effect on modern viewers. Of all Munch's paintings, The Scream (1893), representing a figure tortured by horror, is the most well-known-and certainly one of the most expressive. The artist reflected his innermost feelings in his work: In reality, my art is a free confession, an attempt to clarify to myself my own relation to life... Although Edvard Munch cannot be clearly identified with any single movement, he is deemed a pioneer of Expressionism.

30 review for Edvard Munch: 1863-1944 (Basic Art)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    - Which one do you prefer, The Scream or Puberty? - Oh, I think they're munch of a munchness. - Which one do you prefer, The Scream or Puberty? - Oh, I think they're munch of a munchness.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Satyajeet

    Munch moved away from Naturalism, the scientific recording of the natural world, even moving away from Impressionism. He digged his own psyche and record subjective experience, and that is how you get something as terrifying as ‘The Scream’ This is how dark subjectivity warps the natural world. He wrote this later about ‘The Scream.’ "I was walking along the road with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned bloody red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - th Munch moved away from Naturalism, the scientific recording of the natural world, even moving away from Impressionism. He digged his own psyche and record subjective experience, and that is how you get something as terrifying as ‘The Scream’ This is how dark subjectivity warps the natural world. He wrote this later about ‘The Scream.’ "I was walking along the road with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned bloody red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood an tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city - my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety - and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature." If you read letters, diary, or memoir of a sufferer of depression (Vincent Van Gogh, Franz Kafka) you’ll find similar moments of disturbing transformation. The tragic relationship between madness & creativity is undeniable. Some ran from that fact, others refused to look away.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bernie

    I have read this book twice and will always come back to it. It is a standard art book about the artist Edvard Munch and tells about his life and work. The illustrations are of good quality and show how his work progressed throughout his life. It is slightly heavy and I would have liked to know a bit more about the artist as a person. I found it a bit impersonal and cold and feel I need to buy another book to find out more about the man, how he felt , his love(s) and what made him tick.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Gertz

    Short and sweet discription of Munch's life and paintings that offers some helpful interpretations and insights into the world of Munch - a world between heaven and hell / life and death.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laboreta

    Munch has been one of my favourite painters since high school. His work is like my alter ego: full of colours but at the same time pesimistic, personal but still out there ready to interact with others. I really enjoy his works and how he expresses what he sees and feels. I like that almost in every of his works you can see people but still they are not really full portrayed. His best works that most appeals to me are, Melancholy, The three stages of woman, ofc The scream, The kiss and Woman on th Munch has been one of my favourite painters since high school. His work is like my alter ego: full of colours but at the same time pesimistic, personal but still out there ready to interact with others. I really enjoy his works and how he expresses what he sees and feels. I like that almost in every of his works you can see people but still they are not really full portrayed. His best works that most appeals to me are, Melancholy, The three stages of woman, ofc The scream, The kiss and Woman on the Verandah.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    A good starter guide to the works of Edvard Munch.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion

    I'm either neurotic or just dedicated, probably both. I get home from a long trip and what do I do but reread this short book on Munch and watch Peter Watkin's docudrama on the man. There is nothing in the book's written analysis of Munch that is groundbreaking or exceptionally insightful, but at the same time it is fairly informative in its brief 96 pages, doesn't try to bite off more Munch than it can chew, and doesn't spew forth idiotic theories on his art. Of course there are also lots of wo I'm either neurotic or just dedicated, probably both. I get home from a long trip and what do I do but reread this short book on Munch and watch Peter Watkin's docudrama on the man. There is nothing in the book's written analysis of Munch that is groundbreaking or exceptionally insightful, but at the same time it is fairly informative in its brief 96 pages, doesn't try to bite off more Munch than it can chew, and doesn't spew forth idiotic theories on his art. Of course there are also lots of wonderful illustrations on this special fellow who took us on a whole new run-----guess he's considered famous, but I still consider him under-appreciated.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The dissection of the pieces presented was interesting for the most part, but it's mostly made me curious to read more about Munch's life to get further perspective on the moodiness of his work. The artwork is gloriously rendered in this collection. I've had this book for years and never read the text, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this or any Taschen book in general--I own several and have never read the text of those either. I needed a quick read and I'm glad I chose it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Devynne

    I really liked this type of art book because it made it easy to read and understand the history of the artist.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Sherriff

    I knew next to nothing about Munch but thanks to this book, now I know enough to get a little of where he was coming from. His major works were nicely presented and the three brief essays were enough to outline the themes and reception that his art garnered in his life. My only criticism is there were too few glimpses into his personal life and how that might have impacted his art. But, this collection is worth having if nothing else for looking at his art, which changed as the times around him I knew next to nothing about Munch but thanks to this book, now I know enough to get a little of where he was coming from. His major works were nicely presented and the three brief essays were enough to outline the themes and reception that his art garnered in his life. My only criticism is there were too few glimpses into his personal life and how that might have impacted his art. But, this collection is worth having if nothing else for looking at his art, which changed as the times around him changed so radically from turn of the century angst to the rise of the totalitarians. Download my starter library for free here - http://eepurl.com/bFkt0X - and receive my monthly newsletter with book recommendations galore for the Japanophile/crime fiction/English teacher in all of us.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Manuela

    Kurz. prägnant, informativ. Kurzum sehr gutes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alejandra Rotondaro ferreira

    Algún día iré a Aasgaardstrand, mientras tanto me conformo con leer sobre Munch.

  13. 4 out of 5

    F.J. Commelin

    These Taschen-books are (a good start) for every artlover with good texts and illustrations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    A pleasurable read I finished in an afternoon about a painter whose melancholic, surreal, dynamic paintings I have always found fascinating. Now I know a large part of that mood was due to how constant death was for him with mother dying young then his sister, then his father, & his contraction of several serious illnesses. It doesn't go deeply into any theories or try to psycho-analyse the man or his paintings. It's a great primer for someone like me who isn't familiar with the world of art, an A pleasurable read I finished in an afternoon about a painter whose melancholic, surreal, dynamic paintings I have always found fascinating. Now I know a large part of that mood was due to how constant death was for him with mother dying young then his sister, then his father, & his contraction of several serious illnesses. It doesn't go deeply into any theories or try to psycho-analyse the man or his paintings. It's a great primer for someone like me who isn't familiar with the world of art, and just really likes appreciating it. I loved the pictured paintings & the short descriptions provided & in fact I wish I could see/read more of his diary entries because he actually writes so poetically too. His own descriptions of his paintings were the best.. ‎“I was out walking with two Friends –the sun began to set- suddenly the sky turned blood-‎red –I paused, feeling exhausted, and there I still stood, trembling with fear –and I sensed an ‎endless scream passing through Nature.” – Edvard Munch on The Scream “All the tenderness in the world is in your face –Moonlight passes across it- Your lips crimson ‎as the fruit that is to come part as if in pain. The smile of a corpse. Your face is full of the ‎beauty and the pain in the world, because Death and Life are joining hands and the chain that ‎links the thousands of generations of the dead with the thousands of generations yet to be ‎born is connected.” – Edvard Munch on Madonna

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mazouza Sha'ban

    Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul

  16. 5 out of 5

    Feraca Grant

    That book was totally cool. That book was totally cool.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rosa Ramôa

    "Caminhava eu com dois amigos pela estrada, então o sol pôs-se; de repente, o céu tornou-se vermelho como o sangue. Parei, apoiei-me no muro, inexplicavelmente cansado. Línguas de fogo e sangue estendiam-se sobre o fiorde preto-azulado. Os meus amigos continuaram a andar, enquanto eu ficava para trás tremendo de medo e senti o grito enorme, infinito, da natureza." (Edvard Munch)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    The book is fantastic

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mii

    This book was a great read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Lawyer

    bad

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

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