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Behind the Scream: The Life of Edvard Munch

Sue Prideaux tells the story of Munch’s extraordinary life

Edvard Munch was twenty-eight when he embarked on a lifelong effort to paint his
‘soul’s diary’. His ambition was to create an image of enduring psychological truth constructed from the laboratory of his own eventful and tormented existence: ‘I try from self-scrutiny to dissect what it universal in the soul’. In these pictures, Munch explored anarchism, symbolism, the occult, decadence and the irrational depths of the psyche through the nascent discipline of psychotherapy. Author of the first comprehensive biography of Munch in English, writer Sue Prideaux tells the story of Munch’s extraordinary life: the rejection of his art as the scribbles of a madman, his movement in the avant-garde bohemian circles of fin-de-siècle Paris and Berlin, and the courage with which he stood up to the Nazis as a ‘degenerate’ artist in Occupied Norway towards the end of his life.


Sue Prideaux | talks


Date and Time:

18 November 2005 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Royal Academy of Arts Education Department
Burlington House
020 7300 8000

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£14/£6 students (incl. exhibition entry and a drink); £10 (incl a drink)

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