02 January 2017
EDVARD MUNCH: CONSUMPTIVE INSANITY
Forty five troubled years after he painted his famous The Scream, the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch had resorted to one age-old method of herding - or hiding from - his demons.
"My father was temperamentally nervous and obsessively religious," he wrote, "to the point of psychoneurosis. From him I inherited the seeds of madness. The angels of fear, sorrow, and death stood by my side since the day I was born ..." And furthermore: "I inherited two of mankind's most frightful enemies - the heritage of consumption and insanity."
The painting is Self Portrait With Bottles (1938)