Edvard Munch
Norwegian 1863-1944
Vampire (Vampyr) 1893-94
oil on canvas
91.0 x 109.0 cm
Munch-museet, Oslo (M 679)
© Munch-Ellingsen Group/BONO
© Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney 2004

Edvard Munch

the Frieze of Life

This 16 page, illustrated education resource accompanies the exhibition Edvard Munch: the Frieze of Life (2004–2005) which assembled more than 80 paintings, prints and drawings by this influential Norwegian artist. Perhaps more than any other artist, Edvard Munch gave shape to the inner life and psyche of modern man and was a precursor in the development of modern psychology. His images of existential dread, anxiety, loneliness and the complex emotions of human sexuality have become icons of our era. The resource discusses Munch’s self portraits, portraits and landscapes and considers his technique as well as his influence on Australian art. This discussion is accompanied by ideas for further discussion and research, a timeline tracking Munch’s career, and a glossary of terms.

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