In the footsteps of Edvard Munch in Norway


The sun (1912), painted from the port of Kragero, marks the symbolist apotheosis of his experimental art. CC BY 4.0 Munch Museet

REPORT - The Musée d'Orsay invites visitors to rediscover the great painter of the "Scream" and the "Friesland of Life". Return to his lands, all around the Oslo Fjord, where he sought peace.

Special correspondent in Oslo

Munch, the world learned to correctly pronounce this Norwegian name, today written in five blood-red letters on its new museum in Oslo, the Munchmuseet, a geomorphological block of concrete and steel which dominates the port from its twelve floors. The puny child of a military doctor, the son scarred in his heart from childhood by the death of his mother, then of his older sister, this stubborn, obsessive and dissatisfied artist, this fleeing lover, always on the journey and in search of subsidies, became the great painter of Vampireinhabited by this "poem of life, love and death" celebrated by the Musée d'Orsay with sovereign respect.

Christiania became Oslo in 1924, named after one of its modest suburbs. The fjord is there, less purple, less violent than that of the Shout, whose first version from 1893 sits in the room, black as a safe, of the new National Museum of Oslo inaugurated in June by HM Queen Sonja. In the absence of this Shout which never leaves Norway, the Musée d'Orsay...

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