The National Gallery of Oslo and the Munch Museum, treasure troves of Norwegian art

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The National Gallery of Oslo and the Munch Museum, treasure troves of Norwegian art

Do not miss Edvard Munch's world-famous masterpiece, The Scream, on display there.

This museum houses the largest collection of Norwegian and international art in the city. It also presents the opportunity to take greater interest in one of its most fascinating representatives, the famous painter, Edvard Munch. Born in 1863, he was only 16 when he decided to dedicate his life to his art. Nobody realised he would become a pioneer of realism in modern painting.

Between 1893 and 1917, Munch produced five versions of his famous “Scream”, three paintings, one pastel, and a lithograph. The artist said that during one of his walks along the Oslo Fjord at sunset he “sensed an infinite scream passing through nature”. This work shows the glowing sky of dusk on the fjord, and experts pointed out that this is probably the ash emitted by the volcanic explosion of Krakatoa in 1893.

In 2012, a version of the painting reached a record $120 million at auction. The biggest admirers of the painter will want to visit the Munch Museum, which gathers the essential works bequeathed by the artist to the city upon his death.

National Gallery (Nasjonalgalleriet)
Universitetsgata 13
0164 Oslo

+47 219 82 000
www.nasjonalmuseet.no

Munchmuseet (Munch Museum)
Tøyengata 53
0578 Oslo

+47 234 93 500
www.munchmuseet.no