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Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye at The Tate Modern

Edvard Munch was a Norwegian artist, most known for his painting ‘The Scream’, which has been the target of many high-profile art thefts and the highest nominally priced painting ever bought at auction. Munch was a modern painter and printer who had many influences, such as 19th century Symbolism and German Expressionism.

‘Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye’ is at The Tate Modern until the 14th of October and it’s recommended that you book your tickets in advance as it’s become an extremely popular exhibition. Munch is described as an artist who is greatly known but not greatly understood and his art is wide-open for interpretation. The Tate Modern’s exhibition directs people to Munch’s lesser-known works and highlights his reoccurring themes and images, whilst showing his progression through various different influences.

Munch’s work does err on the macabre side, with pieces such as ‘The Sick Child’ and a self-portrait of himself after shooting himself following a row with a lover. The artist once said, “I was born dying. Sickness, insanity and death were the dark angels standing guard at my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life.” This quote sums up the greatest influence behind Munch’s work- his need to express his inner grief and anguish using the symbolism in his prints and paintings.

The exhibition is highly recommendable for art lovers who want to see thought-provoking pieces and a wider view of Munch’s style and progressions. The Tate Modern is a short walk from Southwark, Mansion House and St.Paul’s tube stations and there are several buses. There are no parking facilities at The Tate Modern, so public transport is a must.

For more information, visit http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/edvard-munch-modern-eye