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The Munch Spot ekebergparken. Recalling a walk here with two friends in , the artist summed up the moment thus: 'The sun was setting. Suddenly the sky turned blood-red. I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence. There was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city.
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My friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety — and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature. The Scream might have its origins up on Ekeberg, but the real deal — one of four originals: two pastels, two paintings — now hangs in the astounding Nasjonalgalleriet.
From here it's a minute amble north to the gallery. Capturing the existentialist angst of the age, this acid trip of a painting mesmerises all who behold it. In the background, a hallucinatory, fiery sky shifts above the hills and fjord, in the foreground stands a haggard, ghostly figure, its mouth agape in a silent scream and hands held up to its face in fright. Born in , Edvard Munch had a disturbed childhood in Oslo, then Kristiania, which was plagued by illness, insanity, poverty and death. He lost his mother and beloved sister, Sophie, to tuberculosis at an early age, events which profoundly affected his preoccupation with life and death.
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Though a doctor, his deeply religious, near-fanatical father struggled to keep the family above the breadline and remained emotionally detached towards his son. And so the seeds of anxiety and isolation were sown. They are indistinguishable from me, and their destruction would destroy my art,' said Munch. A similar sense of doom is tangible in works like The Dance of Life and Self-portrait Between the Clock and the Bed , which Munch painted shortly before his death.
In the Grand Hotel at No. Word has it that Munch once offered the painting Sick Girl in exchange for steak dinners here. A few paces away at No.
Edvard Munch and his Paintings
Heavy drinking, public brawling and tormented love affairs pushed Munch over the edge in ; he suffered partial paralysis and started hearing hallucinatory voices. Following a stint in a sanatorium, he returned feeling more hopeful. Try to snag tickets for one of the public concerts held here to view the works. Right on the Akerselva Aker River , this is the neighbourhood where Munch spent most of his childhood.
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