The Sick Child, 1896
Oil on canvas
121.5 x 118.5 cm
Sick Child (1907)
The Sick Child (lithograph)
wrote on Feb 5, 2002:
I was forced to do a report on Munch, but this painting spoke
to me. It is amazing that one person could feel as much pain as
he did throughout his life. Death, illness, affairs... He went
through so much and you can see that in this and all of his work.
on Mar 24, 2001:
Like Munch once said: "illness, insanity and death were the black
angels that kept watch over my cradle, accompanied me all my life."
And this painting is a great display of that as Munch paints his
sick sister with a fatal disease (tuberculosis) he perfectly captures
her inner suffering and once more establishes a paradox between
her deep suffering and her patient awaiting of the final moment
the arrival of the black feathered angel who will take her tormented
soul into a quiet an calm place and finally give the peace she
longs for in the painting, when looking towards the infinite horizon.
wrote on Jan 29, 2001:
gave me goose-bumps. I thought of the intensity of watching someone
you love, who hasn't had enough time, weaken and fade away. The
[wo]man in this picture is in such despair.
Edvard Munch: The Frieze