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Edvard Munch

An Inner Life

Øystein Ustvedt


An accessible introduction to Edvard Munch’s life and work


Edvard Munch’s paintings have maintained their captivating hold on audiences for over a hundred years, with The Scream, Madonna and The Kiss being among modern art’s most recognizable and distinct pieces. His works portray the love, suffering and pain of the human condition, as well as the lyrical beauty of nature and the more mundane aspects of everyday life.

The distinguished art historian Øystein Ustvedt tells the story of how Munch became one of the most celebrated artists in the world, offering a thorough visual analysis of Munch’s paintings, and examining how he painted emotions in a way that had not been seen before. This study is paired with a revealing discussion of Munch’s turbulent life – from a childhood blighted by the death of his mother and sister, to his adult life spent in France and Germany, as well as the mysterious saga that left Munch with a gunshot wound after a breakup. Full of rarely seen images from Munch’s archive, as well as fascinating insight into his life and work, Edvard Munch presents a welcome opportunity to get to know Norway’s most famous artist.


'[A] hugely edifying biography ... fascinating'
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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Publication date: 1 October 2020

ISBN: 9780500295762

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Kristiania in the 1880s • 2. From the Modern Life of the Soul (1890–1900) • 3. The Artistic Renewal (1900–1916) • 4. Ekely (1916–1944)

About the Author

Øystein Ustvedt has extensive personal and professional experience with the works of Edvard Munch, particularly as former head of the Stenersen Museum and in his role as curator at the National Museum in Oslo, where he has been since 2004. He has published widely on Munch and has curated several exhibitions of his work.