Edvard Munch and "The Scream" in the National Museum
The National Museum in Oslo holds the world’s most important collection of paintings by Edvard Munch (1863–1944), including such famous and iconic works as The Scream.
The National Gallery’s unique Munch room is the permanent home of 15–20 of the artist’s works.
Here you will find the earliest versions of The Scream (1893), as well as Madonna (1894–1895), The Girls on the Pier (around 1901), The Dance of Life (1899–1900), and The Sick Child (1885–1886) – artistic statements that are captivating in their ruthless honesty and profound humanism. Nowhere else can Munch’s art be experienced with the same intensity as it can in the National Gallery, where the artist’s central themes and compositions are brought together to form a magnificent frieze.
Painted in 1893, Munch’s iconic Scream was donated to the National Gallery in 1910. In terms of its fame, this painting now rivals works such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (1503) and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888). Few artworks have inspired filmmakers, cartoonists and other artists to the extent that The Scream has done. The painting is a radical and timeless expression of human fear.
Munch in context
Munch did not work in isolation. In the neighbouring rooms at the National Gallery, you can view the work of his predecessors and contemporaries. These presentations offer insights into the growth of Edvard Munch’s artistic genius, into what influenced him as an artist, and into the creative circles to which he belonged.
For those who want to learn more about Munch’s later art, we recommend the Munch Museum, which owns Munch’s extensive artistic estate, and KODE, Art Museums in Bergen. Munch’s house in Åsgårdstrand, which will soon be joined by his summer cottage in Hvitsten, both an hour’s drive from Oslo, offers a magical experience of Munch’s world and the landscapes that inspired him throughout his life.