Munch (1863, Norway) started painting when he was seventeen. A year later he started his studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in Christiania, now Oslo.
Munch mainly focused on portraying human emotions, fears and insecurities. The shrill colors and the expressive lines that he used, as well as the choice of his subjects greatly influenced the development of expressionism. In his works Munch reconciled contradictions such as life and death, the vertical and the horizontal line and movement and stillness.
The situation in the family in which he grew up and the general condition in the Norwegian capital were the origins of Munch’s suffering. Confrontations with illness and death awakened a passion for art in him. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was five years old. Later, his fifteen-year-old sister Sophie also died of TB, which he incorporated in the painting The sick child from 1885-1886.