Sonya Nayar and Munch’s Oslo


Karl Johan’s Gate is a street that held a lot of meaning for Edward Munch. In 1890 he painted, “Spring Day on Karl Johan’s Street,” in an impressionist style. After his father died, Munch wanted to make paintings that were more powerful. He wanted to paint feelings that show people who suffer, breathe, and love. He then recreated his “Spring Day” painting with the action in the scene occurring in the night rather than in the daytime. The sky was darker and the people portrayed seemed anxiety-ridden. He titled it, “Evening on Karl Johan.” The Grand Café was a popular hangout for artists in the late 1800s and Munch used the café as the background for his paintings, “Ibsen at the Grand Café” and “Kristiania Boheme,” which features an image of Oda Krohg. One of my favorite paintings is “Madonna.” It has a special power because Munch was romantically involved with the model, Dagny Juel.


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