Edvard Munch, Bathing Man, 1918, oil on canvas, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo/© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Is there any pocket of culture that isn’t conversant with, if not the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863–1944) himself, then his signature canvas The Scream? Few images have filtered through the popular imagination with as much persistence. Like Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Grant Wood’s American Gothic, and Alberto Gorda’s photograph of Che Guevara, Munch’s paean to psychological distress has been honored, quoted,...

 
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