Edvard Munch’s painting, The Murderer, is a 1910 oil on canvas artwork that falls under the genre painting category. This piece can be found at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, and measures 94.5 x 154 cm. Created during the Expressionism movement, the painting displays Munch’s distinct style that was influenced by late 19th-century Symbolism. The piece is highly regarded and known for conveying Munch’s innermost, terrifying emotions in an abstract image.
The Murderer is not a straightforward representation of reality, but it is a vivid depiction of Munch’s most concentrated thoughts and feelings. The painting is often compared to the famous painting of Marat’s murder by Charlotte Corday by Jacques-Louis David. Munch’s artwork is widely recognized for its contributions to the rise of Surrealism and Expressionism in art history.
Munch, who was a highly private person, viewed his artwork as if they were his children. However, The Murderer painting faced major security concerns, with the painting stolen twice, once in 1994. Regardless, the painting’s artistic quality is unquestionable, and it is highly regarded as an important piece of art.