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Edvard Munch

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch

Profession: Painter and Print Maker


Biography: Edvard Munch was an influential Norwegian painter and printmaker in the Expressionist style. Munch studied in Oslo before travelling to Paris and later Berlin, before returning in his later career to Oslo.

He is widely known for his iconic painting "The Scream", for which four versions exist. The painting has had a chequered life, two versions have famously been stolen and recovered.

Born: December 12, 1863
Birthplace: Ådalsbruk, Løten, Norway
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: January 23, 1944 (aged 80)

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Historical Events

  • 1994-02-12 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo
  • 1994-05-07 Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" is recovered 3 months after it was stolen
  • 2004-08-22 "The Scream" (1910 painted version) and "Madonna", two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.
  • 2006-08-31 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.
  • 2012-05-02 A pastel version of "The Scream", by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch sells at auction for $119,922,500

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