Edvard Munch

Norwegian 🇳🇴 (1863 – 1944)

Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter best known for the painting, The Scream. It is one of the most iconic images of world art.

Adolf Hitler did not like the Norwegian painter, saying his work is "degenerative art." He removed all of Munch's pieces from German museums before World War II. For all we care, those prehistoric Stone Age culture barbarians and art-stutterers can return to the caves of their ancestors and there can apply their primitive international scratching," said Hitler in 1937.

Life here [in Paris, 1885] is quite different. You hardly ever see a dog on a lead; you come across little wagons being pulled by dogs that are often so small that you can't imagine how on earth they manage to shift such enormous weights. You see shepherdesses in the middle of the street herding goats and sometimes playing on their flutes. I think I'll go to the Louvre and the Salon today.

When seen as a whole, art derives from a person's desire to communicate himself to another. I do not believe in an art which is not forced into existence by a human being’s desire to open his heart. All art, literature, and music must be born in your heart’s blood. Art is your heart’s blood.