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Gammel mann i bønn II
(Old Man Praying), 1902
Woodcut printed in black and Yellow-Orange ink on cream wove paper
  Vampire II, 1885-1902
Lithograph with woodcut printed in colour on fine white oriental paper
  The Sick Child, 1896

Born on December 12th, 1863, Løten, Norway, Munch grew up in Christiania (now Oslo). He was related to painter Jacob Munch (1776 – 1839) and historian Peter Andreas Munch (1810 – 1863).

After the death of his mother, Laura Cathrine Bjølstad, of tuberculosis in 1868, Munch was raised by his father, Christian Munch, until 1889 when his father died. Christian Munch instilled in his children a deep-rooted fear of hell by repeatedly telling them that if they sinned, in any way, they would be doomed to hell without chance of pardon.

While Munch was still young, his mother, a brother and Munch’s favourite sister Sophie (in 1877) died. A younger sister was diagnosed with mental illness at an early age. Munch was also often ill. Of the five siblings only Andreas married, only to die a few months after the wedding. This may explain the bleakness and pessimism of much of Munch’s work.
He would later say, “Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life.” A number of modern sources have described Munch’s illness as probably being bipolar disorder.

Munch died in Ekely, near Oslo, on January 23, 1944