yesterday I visited the Herakleidon Museum, at Thissio, Athens, Greece. I saw an exhibition of Edvard Munch’s works, there were about 80 works from the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum. Munch was a Norwegian artist and a pioneer of the Expressionist movement. He was born in the village of Adalsbruk and grew up in Oslo and from his early years of life he faced death and sadness. His mother died from tuberculosis at the age of 30 and then his favourite sister Sophie dies too when Munch was 15. This tragedy is obvious at his works like The sick Child and influenced him for the rest of his life. Munch travelled and worked much at Berlin and Paris. He believed that the paintings should reflect living and breathing people (although I ‘m not quite sure of that with all of this depression and death on his works) and not be and just pretty faces with extreme details. He was more interested in feelings , in expressing his own feelings through his paintings. He also had an obsession with women and their hair. He liked painting women with long long hair often holding men with their hair. The thing I liked about the exhibition was that they did not rely on his most famous and known painting , The Scream. Actually the title of the exhibition is “Edvard Munch: Beyond the Scream”
you can also check out the film about Edvard Munch,a biographical film about the Norwegian painter, written and diected by Peter Watkins.I personally haven’t seen it yet but if any one of you has send your impressions.