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I’m still tweeting to my little heart’s content, curating a feed that has a rather gentle feel. I aim to produce an antidote to all that negative stuff going on in the world. I retweet a lot of what other people have posted and have been fascinated by what they share. In particular it’s been rather lovely to be introduced to unfamiliar artwork. There’s stuff by newer artists but also work by famous names that I’m not familiar with.

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One bloke that keeps popping up is Edvard Munch, yes he of ‘The Scream’ fame. I’ll ‘fess up now and say that, until recently, this was his only work that I was familiar with. Actually he produced several versions using pastel and print. I didn’t know that either. Thanks to Twitter I’ve seen a few more of his prints and paintings and have been rather moved by them. Some illustrate today’s post.

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Edvard Munch was a Norwegian whose life spanned the 19th and 20th century. Given the subject matter of that scream picture it’s not surprising that he was troubled some of the time. Mental illness and alcoholism featured during his lifespan. Here’s another painting, ‘Anxiety’ that draws inspiration from a tortured psyche. Happily, as Munch grew older he seems to have settled down and found peace through his work. I wonder if he had a lonely existence though. He never married and thought of his paintings as his children.

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Now if Munch was alive today I wonder if he’d be taking selfies galore. He produced rather a lot of self portraits including this one, ‘Between the Clock and the Bed’. I think this is my favourite. There’s so much narrative!

In researching this post I found out that Tracey Emin was a fan. There was an exhibition in London last year that featured the work of both artists. Damn! I discovered Munch’s work a little late and missed it. It means that I’ll have to pop over to Oslo some time if I want a truly enormous Munch fix. He bequeathed his work to the city and there’s a whole museum where it’s housed.

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