The Storm is a painting by Edvard Munch that was created in 1893, which represents naturalistic landscape with female figures and houses blending into one another. Munch’s works were preoccupied with themes of human mortality, chronic illness, and religious aspiration. The painting is a synthesis of psychic and naturalist representations that presents the internal and external in one work.
Munch was deeply influenced by Symbolism when he created The Storm, which has several resemblances to his other work Separation in terms of color contrast between characters. This artwork expresses obsessions through intense color, semi-abstraction, and mysterious subject matter. Unlike Munch’s well-known painting The Scream, The Storm is darker in tone.
In 1974, the Museum of Modern Art acquired The Storm from private ownership. Though it remains at MoMA today as part of their permanent collection – lauded for its ability to showcase humanity’s internal struggle as a nod toward Symbolism – little else is known about why Munch created this piece or what motivated him to represent these particular views on canvas rather than others throughout his extensive career as an artist.