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Munch lived a happy life, belying image as a tortured soul

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08.01.2019

A man resting his chin in his hands. A vampire embracing a man’s neck.

The paintings by Edvard Munch (1863-1944) are depressing to see, suggesting the inner conflict and loneliness that must have plagued the Norwegian artist.

But a very different side of him emerges in “Munch: A Retrospective,” an exhibition being held until Jan. 20 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in the capital’s Ueno district.

Munch was a young boy when his mother died. This was soon followed by the death of his beloved older sister.

He lost his middle finger when a gun, brought by an ardent suitor who wanted to marry him, went off........

© The Asahi Shimbun