Edvard Munch (let’s get on the same page with pronunciation: ed-vahrd moonk) is one of the most famous artists, right? The Scream is like our modern Mona Lisa. He loved his paintings like children, never married, and spent the last thirty years of his life living alone.
He was also totally bananas: The painting recreates a panic attack he had while out on the town with friends. Of experience, he said,
The “air turned to blood” and the “faces of my comrades became a garish yellow-white.”
Um, boyfriend? None of that is normal! Though, when I realized that one of Munch’s friends was Paul Gauguin, well…no WONDER your life is grotesque, Ed!
Munch was found dead in his house (on the second floor, with the doors locked) in 1944. He had more than 20,000 works of art in his studio at the time of his death.