This week in the War, 17–23 January 1944: Death of artist Edvard Munch
Artist Edvard Munch, 1933 [Public domain]
The Scream (1893) by Edvard Munch (1863–1944) [Public domain]
This week in the war, on 23 January 1944, the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch died in Oslo.
As he evolved as an artist, his work became more violent, emotional, and filled with symbolism. The public was sometimes shocked. His 1892 exhibition in Berlin was closed on the day after opening day. The Scream is his most well-known work.
Throughout the Second World War, Edvard Munch steadfastly refused to collaborate with Norway’s pro-Nazi (Quisling) government.
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