Munchs have been making profits ever since

When Munch started his career as an artist he first could not live from his art, but this had changed when he started to exhibit his earlier next to his later works.

“He considered his paintings as his children and therefore he was only willing to sell them at high prices,” Angela Lampe, the curator of the Munch exhibition in Paris and London, told me.

During his lifetime he pushed his prices to pay for a living, which has not changed nowadays as The Scream has reached a new world-record price level.

However, the record-price for The Scream had nothing to do with Munch’s entrepreneurial skills but with two people bidding passionately for 12 minutes.

During Munch’s lifetime, people became highly interested in his work when they could see the difference between the “young artist” and the “new Munch” when he showed his works such as Vampire and Vampire in the Forest.

The two paintings were showed in the same room, as it is currently the case at Tate Modern in London, which depicts how his approach to the theme had changed over time.

His first painting shows a female vampire biting a man, in the background – nothing but night’s darkness. This version of the painting is from 1893 and depicts his inner conflict. He was probably still struggling with the effect of his mother’s and most beloved sister’s death, who have both died from tuberculosis when he was a child.

Notably, he produced a series of painting such as Vampires, Puberty, The Kiss, Ashes and also the world-famous painting The Scream in the same year, 1893.

23 years later,  occupying himself again with the Vampire theme, he repainted the exact two vampires – but at this time, with a light pastel-coloured background showing an empty forest.


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