Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in Biography Who was the man behind 'The Scream', the iconic painting that so acutely expresses the anguish of the twentieth century? 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 recluse, and his intense efforts to paint not what he saw, but what he experienced.
'Such was the nature of Edvard Munch's life that this book makes a gripping read. Prideaux provides a convincing sense of the psychological experiences of Munch and also the flavour of the times that he occupied.'--John Milner, University of Newcastle
Yale University Press