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Munch - Self Portrait after Spanish Flu

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In this portrait, we see Edvard Munch through his own eyes.  He has survived the outbreak of Spanish Influenza, but he clearly looks ravaged by the illness.  He once said: 

Illness, insanity, and death ... kept watch over my cradle and accompanied me all my life.

Personal illness, as reflected in this painting, has nearly deprived him of his life.  Munch went on, however, to live twenty-five more years.


Media Credits

This self-portrait, which Munch painted between 1919-20, is now owned by the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.  Image online, via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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