Munch was born on Dec. 12, 1863, in Loten, Norway. He grew up in Christiania (now Oslo) and studied art under Christian Krohg, a Norwegian naturalistic painter. Munch's parents, a brother, and a sister died while he was still young, which probably explains the bleakness and pessimism of much of his work.
While The Scream (alternately called The Cry) has become synonymous with an artistic depiction of the descent into insanity, other paintings of his such as The Sick Child (1886), Vampire (1893-94), and Ashes (1894) also demonstrate his renowned preoccupation with the darker aspects of life.
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