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By Ulrich Bischoff

A hairless, ghostly figure on a bridge. The sky orange-red above him. His hands raised to his ears, his mouth wide in a haunting wail. Edvard Munch's The Scream (1863-1944) provided a shriek that reverberated around the world; its echo felt by artists such as Andy Warhol, Martin Kippenberger, Jasper Johns, Marlene Dumas among others.

This book introduces us to Munch's staggering capacity for psychodrama with rich illustration creating a world lurid, dark and compelling. The artist's work was a response to relationships and emotions and as a means of "free confession".  His works remain as magnetic today as they were on the brink of modernism.

Each book in Taschen’s Basic Art series features a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance, a concise biography, and approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions.

Hardcover, 96 pages

Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.5 x 0.5 inches

“In reality, my art is a free confession, an attempt to clarify to myself my own relation to life.” — Edvard Munch

Boy in Blue (1900) by Edvard Munch, is included in the European Modern Art to 1950 Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.