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We want more than a mere photograph of nature We do not want to paint pretty pictures to be hung on drawing-room walls We want to create or at least lay the foundations of an art that gives something to humanity An art that arrests and engages An art created of ones innermost heart EM Edvard Munch was born December 12 1863 in Loten Norway He was one of five children born to Christian Munch a military doctor and his wife Catherine Munchs life was always filled with death and morbidity In 1868 his mother died of tuberculosis In 1877 his younger sister Sophie also died of tuberculosis Many of his pictures of death rooms sick and dead children and sick and dead mothers were inspired by the illness death and grief that had haunted him in his early years Edvard himself was also often ill Edvard entered a technical college to become an engineer in 1879 but frequent illness drove him away In 1880 he decided to leave school to study painting The next year he enrolled in the Royal School of Art and Design where he painted his first self-portrait For a time Norways leading artist Christian Krohg instructed Edvard At that time Edvard also was greatly interested in French Realism which one can see traces of in his early works In 1885 Munch went to Paris to study There he began a work called The Sick Child which soon would be his breakthrough In it he made a radical break with the realistic approach of the time The picture was about his sister Sophie and her death from Tuberculosis Munch struggled with the interpretation of his experience and the pain and personal meaning that it held Finally he finished a coarsely textured laborious picture The critics were harsh and for a time after that his works were less provocative and more in tune with the times In 1889 his father
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