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Edvard Munch Quotes

By painting colors and lines and forms seen in quickened mood I was seeking to make this mood vibrate as a phonograph does. This was the origin of the paintings in The Frieze of Life. ”
- Edvard Munch

To die is as if one's eyes had been put out and one cannot see anything any more. Perhaps it is like being shut in a cellar. One is abandoned by all. They have slammed the door and are gone. One does not see anything and notices only the damp smell of putrefaction.”
- Edvard Munch

No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.”
- Edvard Munch

Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness.”
- Edvard Munch

I find it difficult to imagine an afterlife, such as Christians, or at any rate many religious people, conceive it, believing that the conversations with relatives and friends interrupted here on earth will be continued in the hereafter.”
- Edvard Munch

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.
- Edvard Munch

I learned early about the misery and dangers of life, and about the afterlife, about the external punishment which awaited the children of sin in Hell.”
- Edvard Munch

I find it difficult to imagine an afterlife, such as Christians, or at any rate many religious people, conceive it, believing that the conversations with relatives and friends interrupted here on earth will be continued in the hereafter.”
- Edvard Munch

I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell. ”
- Edvard Munch

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”
- Edvard Munch

I build a kind of wall between myself and t he model so that I can paint in peace behind it. Otherwise, she might say something that confuses and distracts me.”
- Edvard Munch

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art.”
- Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch's Masterpieces

  • The Scream
  • The Day After
  • Sun
  • Vampire
  • The Dance of Life
  • Madonna
  • Anxiety
  • Girl on the Bridge
  • Melancholy
  • The Storm
  • Woman in Three Stages
  • Young Woman on the Beach