Requiem For a Scream

Edvard Munch turned his mental struggles into spectacular work. But do artists need to be tortured to achieve greatness?

Laurie Penny
Sep 11, 2017 · 13 min read
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Edvard Munch, Ashes, 1925; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo.
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Munch, Eye in Eye, 1899–1900; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo.
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Munch’s Sketches for The Scream.
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Edvard Munch in his winter studio, 1938; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo.
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Munch, The Dance of Life, 1925; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo.
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Munch, Moonlight, 1893; photo: courtesy the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Olso.
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Munch, The Artist and His Model, 1919–21; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo.
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Munch, Self-Portrait with Hand Under Cheek, 1911; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo.

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Smashing stigmas around mental health since 2017.

Laurie Penny

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Based on a true story. Author, journalist, social justice bard. Contributing Editor at New Statesman. Other words: Guardian, Time, Buzzfeed, The Baffler.

Anxy Magazine

Smashing stigmas around mental health since 2017.

Laurie Penny

Written by

Based on a true story. Author, journalist, social justice bard. Contributing Editor at New Statesman. Other words: Guardian, Time, Buzzfeed, The Baffler.

Anxy Magazine

Smashing stigmas around mental health since 2017.

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