Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and print maker 1863–1944, is perhaps my most favorite artist.His psychological themes are built on Symbolism but his work is also influenced by Expressionism. He grew up during a time when Tuberculosis, also called Consumption or the White Death was rampant in Europe and North America. See more below.
Munch, The Sick Child,1886, shows the influence of Manet on Munch in the earlier period of his career.
By the late 19th century, 70 to 90% of the urban populations of Europe and North America were infected with the TB bacillus, and about 80% of those individuals who developed active tuberculosis died of it. Tuberculosis killed 100,000 people each year in North America alone in the early 1900s. The disease killed Munch’s mother when Munch was five, his favorite sister, and the wife of Edgar Allan Poe, whose stories Munch grew up with and which were an early influence on him in addition to his family’s poverty, history of tuberculosis, and family history of insanity.