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Death in the Sickroom

Death in the Sickroom, 1893
Oil on canvas
150 x 167.5 cm

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Vicky wrote on Nov 26, 2003:
Just a thought
The sickly shade of green on the walls, which also tints the faces of all the people in the room, could represent the way that the illness or death of one person has an effect on all those that are close to them - the depression and hopelessness spread like disease

Adam Thorpe wrote on Jun 1, 2001:
Munch's Quote
I did a report on Edvard Munch, and found a quote that really fits his life:
"Disease and insanity were the black angels on guard at my cradle. In my childhood, I felt I was treated in an unjust way, without a mother, sick, and with threatened punishment in hell hanging over my head." (Edvard Munch)

Katherine wrote on Mar 31, 2001:
Munch's sister...
A bit of history on the piece: It is actually a portrait of the death of one of Munch's younger sisters (seated in the chair). The nearby doctor has lost hope, and the family members congregate at the front of the room to console each other. Munch himself, remains alone, in the corner.

Rafael Andreu wrote on Nov 19, 2000:
Death in the Sickroom
Munch's ability to capture the essence of a moment is incredible. In this painting, we donęt have to see a dead body to know someone has died, because the extreme sadness and despair is in the atmosphere, that is what Munch represented and may be trying to tell us, that death itself is not sad, what makes it so sad is the atmosphere around it depending on our culture and time. The colours, the expressions, everything indicates death, and then, we donęt see who died... he's a true Master...

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Picture: Edvard Munch: The Frieze of Life.