Norwegian artist most famous for painting The Scream and other psychologically themed works. He was a revered member of the Symbolism movement and impacted German Expressionism.
He began studying engineering at a technical college in 1879 and showed a talent for physics, chemistry, and math. He battled illness throughout his education, however, and eventually gave up college to pursue painting.
After he completed The Scream, he began work on a series of paintings he titled The Frieze of Life - A Poem about Life, Love, and Death.
His macabre tastes were inspired by his father, Christian Munch, who entertained a young Edvard and his siblings with ghost stories and Edgar Allan Poe tales. He had four siblings named Johanne, Peter, Inger and Laura.