Paintings > Death in the Sickroom
on Nov 26, 2003:
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:
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)
on Mar 31, 2001:
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.
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...
Munch: The Frieze of Life.