Yet while he was associated with the international development of Symbolism during the 1890s and recognized as a forerunner of Expressionism, Munch was a restless innovator whose personal tragedies, illnesses, and failures fed his creative work. In his prolific oeuvre of paintings and woodcuts, Munch developed a psychologically charged and expressive style to convey emotional sensation, and his relentless exploration of human anxiety, mortality, and isolation is perhaps singular in the history of art for the intensity of its inspiration.
Books on Edvard Munch
Gary Garrels, Jon-Ove Steihaug, and Sheena Wagstaff, eds., Edvard Munch: between the Clock and the Bed, exh. cat. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Munch Museum, Oslo, 2017–18.
Karl Ove Knausgaard, So Much Longing in So Little Space: the Art of Edvard Munch, New York, 2019.
The Private Journals of Edvard Munch: we are Flames which Pour out of the Earth, edited and translated by J. Gill Holland, Madison, Wisconsin, 2005.