Edvard Munch is one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century and is considered a leading exponent of expressionist art; he painted over 1,000 pictures, he left us more than 4,000 drawings and yet everyone remembers him for that “Scream”, which has become the icon of a terrified and anguished society.
In his quest to express "the subtlest visions of the soul" Munch developed his own distinctive form of expression. Expressing strong and subjective emotions required another form of expression than that of naturalists. In Munch's works interior and exterior realities are mixed in large surfaces enclosed by well-defined contours. The motifs are stylized and abstracted into symbols for each emotion and mood. During his artistic career, Munch developed a series of recurring symbols to represent moods and emotions.