By Sue Prideaux
Edvard Munch (1863 -1944) was twenty-eight when he embarked on a lifelong effort to paint his soul's diary and began a perverse love affair with self-destruction. This intimate and moving life of the Norwegian artist explores his turbulent early years, his time as a hermit, and his intense efforts to paint not what he saw, but what he experienced.
Re-release of the Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography 2005
Sue Prideaux, an art historian, says that she found the spot where Edvard Munch stood before painting his famous work, The Scream, she says the artist likely heard the sounds of animals being slaughtered in an abattoir along with the screams from a nearby mental asylum at the site.
What had previously been mistaken by scholars as a road in the painting was, in fact, a path, and the railing is a safety railing, though it was assumed to be a bridge.