02/08/2012

TATE Review: Edvard Munch Exhibition



Everyone’s seen ‘The Scream’ but Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944) worked prolifically throughout his life in paint, film and photography, continuing even when he was partially blinded and right up until his death at the ripe old age of 80.

Edvard is often regarded as a 19th-century Symbolist painter but ‘Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye’ opened at the TATE Modern on June the 28th and shows how he was inspired by everyday life and the events that surrounded him.

The exhibition space is simple, with evenly spaced and cleverly grouped examples of Edvard’s work and an informative narrative to the journey around the exhibition: beginning with some precious self-portraits.


Motifs and certain scenes haunted Edvard’s work as he worked and re-worked ideas repeatedly, including ‘The Sick Child’ which depicts his sister aged 15, soon before she died of tuberculosis, and his mother sat beside what is presumably her death bed. He worked on this painting, and versions of this painting, from 1885-1927.

At this TATE exhibition, which runs until the 14th of October and costs £14 to enter (unless you are a Tate Member, which means entry is free!) you get the chance to see some lesser known works and be taken on a memorable, visual journey through his life.


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