Al self portrait Munch distilled the raw angst he felt on the hillside over there into a bald mbryo dude It s the sickest self portrait Calling Home ever like Ben Kingsley with planets foryesThe whole book should have been the other way round with Steffan and Lars being the main characters and Munch popping up here and there The other brilliant thing SK does is ffortlessly create panels and pages in about five or six completely different styles from photorealism to comedy cartooning I loved all thatFinally one continually disconcerting aspect to the whole thing was the resemblance between Munch as Basil FawltyEdvard Munch as portrayed by Steffen KvernelandBasil FawltyIf you re not a fan of that sitcom this will not bother you but if you are it s kind of weird to see Basil Fawlty painting The Scream But the hell with it this book is wrongheaded but it s just great So 5 stars for Steffan AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH IT S A COMICS BIO OF EDVARD MUNCHGeddit cos The ScreamSteffen Kverneland s Munch pronounced Monk is an pic part biographypart art appreciationwhole mash note to the painter Edvard Munch There s plenty to like about the book like it s xperimental approach mixing various styles and it really is beautiful to behold Kverneland is an normously talented artist who took seven years to create this book and you ll learn plenty about the background to Munch s work particularly his paintings The Vampire The Frieze of Life and of course The Scream It s also sometimes dull a bit overlong and a lot meandering The framing device is Kverneland and his buddy Lars Fiske in 2005 visiting real life locations that influenced Munch s paintings which is the only intrusive part of the narrative from the author s perspective When he takes the reader through Munch s life he cites Munch his family friends acuaintances and colleagues directly rather than interpret it through his voice It s a good choice as we get to hear Munch s own voice though it becomes tiresome reading uotes from the many many people who appear throughout and then having to glance to the bottom of the page to see who said it what their dates were and what they did Munch first became popular in Berlin where his artistic philosophy One should not paint as one sees but as one saw leads to controversy but The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents establishes him anxciting new painter Besides being part of the intellectual bohemian scene Munch was uite the ladies man and a heavy drinker He moved around a lot but still managed to produce uality work among them his most famous paintings And that s about it really It s not the most fascinating life to read about He drank a lot schmoozed with other artists slept with this woman drank a lot met some other artists slept with this woman repeat The stories behind The Vampire The Frieze of Life tc are pretty mundane while The Scream s background is abstract and probably has to do with his hectic lifestyle at the time On top of that a lot of this
book sees Kverneland becoming too bogged down in detail which makes what s already a sees Kverneland becoming too bogged down in detail which makes what s already a narrative ven slow moving And while it is an informative read as a biography the timeline jumps around a bit too much leading to a skewed perspective The structure of the book ssentially builds up to Munch s masterpiece The Scream which he painted before The Vampire and others though we learn about the less famous works long before we get to The Scream The remaining years of Munch s life from roughly 1900 to his death in 1944 are rushed through in the scant few pages left before the book nds It s a very loose biography that mostly concerns itself with the artist s major works and little Date Me else besides But if the narrative itself is rambling and tedious the artwork than makes up for it My word this is a beautiful book Kverneland s approach is to switch between multiple artistic styles throughout from caricature to realist abstractven incorporating photos Some panels mirror the famous paintings some pages are stunningly painted some barely sketched and all of it is masterfully ncapsulated within the comics format Appropriately for an appreciation of an Art Master the art is of the highest uality Steffen Kverneland clearly has an normous love of his subject but his xpression
of it is gracefully captured visually than with the written word Munch is a somewhat informative and uneven it is gracefully captured visually than with the written word Munch is a somewhat informative and uneven whose real draw is the inspired artwork that celebrates the artist s legacy 25 stars Phew What a tour de force This book was definitely too long and could have benefited from some heavy diting What also peeved me was the constant meta narrative with the author and his buddy having drunk discussions about Munch the alcoholism is strong with this one The art was Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health excellent but the varying points of view from which Munch s life story was told were often confusing if you re not familiar with all of Munch s contemporaries and who is My biggest complaint and the reason for my low rating is this Despite ha I saw this in my local library and had to pick it up The idea of having a graphic novel biography is so great To see an artists life and career told with art itself is just the perfect tribute to what the person devoted their life to This graphic novel focuses on the life and career of Edvard Munch the artist most famously known for The Scream using mostly Munch s own words I thoroughlynjoyed reading about his career and taking in the artistic interpretations of his life I learned that there is a whole series of these graphic novel artist bios called Art Masters I look forward to picking G som krever n kunstner som til de grader behersker både mediets billedkunstneriske aspekter og den spesielle fortellerteknikken som ligger i tegneseriens kraftVed siden av å være n glimrende innføring i Munchs liv og verk Cause Of Fear er bokent gruppeportrett av den kunstneriske bohemen fra Skandinavia ved århundreskiftet n periode der modernismen på mange måter ble skapt og definert av nordiske kunstnere Den r slik også The Game of Love en viktig kulturhistorisk påminnelse gjort medt fantastisk kunstnerisk oversku. .
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Munch is my second biography in graphic novel form from SelfMadeHero following on from the life of Agatha Christie I reviewed last month Norwegian painter Edvard Munch 1863 1944 is of course best known for The Scream but I learned a lot about his work through this striking visual tour curated by illustrator Steffen Kverneland Much of the text accompanying Kverneland s images is from authentic primary sources Munch s diaries and letters his contemporaries responses to his art and so onMunch s mother died arly in his life and sickroom and deathbed scenes were to permeate his work Disease and insanity and death were the black angels that stood by my cradle he wrote A mother who died arly gave me the seed of consumption a distraught father piously religious verging on madness gave me the seeds of insanity His first solo show opened in Kristiania now Oslo in 1889 Three and a half years later scandal rupted when his xhibition in Berlin was closed down The stablishment disapproved of the Impressionist influence in his work and thought he showed a lack of artistic techniue As it turned out having his show shut down was the best publicity he ver could have asked forKverneland shows different incarnations of Munch s most famous pieces such as Madonna The Girls on the Bridge and The Scream He also traces the painter s important relationships such as his friendship with playwright August Strindberg and his pursuit of the various women who inspired his nudes In 1895 the writer Sigbj rn Obstfelder gave a lecture on Munch s art His appreciation included the followingAs no other Norwegian painter Munch has focused on The Lady in Pink essential uestions has caused the deepest subjects to uiver Before one painted landscapes andveryday life Munch paints human beings in all their shapes Eyes even the beastly human He finds his subjects where themotions are strongest Munch is one of the genuine artists who can shift boundariesThis is a visually remarkable book with various styles coexisting sometimes on the same page Sometimes Munch is portrayed like a superhero in a comic often with a hugely xaggerated chin other times the images are like photographs or nineteenth century portraits Pen sketches alternate with color spreads in which red orange sepia and flesh tones and black dominate Some of my most admired individual panels have angular faces drawn in almost kaleidoscopic fragments Strindberg s is the most frighteningly fractured face with triangles and trapezoids mphasizing his angry Sinner's Heart expressionThere s also a meta aspect to this work Kverneland depicts his travels with his friend Lars Fiske to sites associated with Munch again usingverything from black and white sketches to color photographs These were I m afraid my least favorite parts of the book the friends raunchy booze filled banter has not translated well and the style of some of their scenes is among the most cartoon ish Munch had become a monk whose life was devoted to art is one of the last lines of the graphic novel It s a nice summation of what has gone before with that wordplay specially remarkable given that this is a
WORK IN TRANSLATION I HAVEN Tin translation I haven t away with a particularly clear sense of the trajectory of Munch s life but that
S PROBABLY NOT THE POINT OFprobably not the point of deliberately splintered biography like this oneKverneland worked on the book for
SEVEN YEARS FIRST PUBLISHED IN 2013 IT WON NORWAYyears First published in 2013 it won Norway Brage Prize for Literature This is the fourth installment in SelfMadeHero s Art Masters series after Pablo Vincent and Rembrandt I can highly recommend it to you if you are already a fan of Munch s work However if like me you look to graphic novels to also tell you a good story you might come away slightly disappointedOriginally published with images on my blog Bookish Beck A straightforward tale that shows the brilliance of Munch and the brilliance of Steffen KvernelandI m a big fan of the Art Masters series Pablo Gauguin The Other World Art Masters Series and look forward to reading VincentThis series takes an artist and tells their own tale mploying their own techniue to illustrate the panelsSome like Gauguin The Other World Art Masters Series have a straightforward style because Gauguin had one styleSome like Pablo were difficult because Pablo Picasso had so many stylesMunch by Steffen Kverneland tells the tale of Edvard Munch and it is partially a cartoon style with shades of Munch s backgrounds and often characters as wellOne of the many many things I loved about this book is that it is straightforward though in a uniue wayIt tells the tale of Edvard Munch and wraps it in Kverneland s own tale of the 7 years it took him to write thisKverneland can surprise he ll do many pages of Munch and his friends in a straightforward comic style and then hit you with a full page interpretation of one of Munch s worksOr Kverneland will put in a photo of himself on his journey to understanding Munch which provides an Spirit of the Wolf euivalent impactSo yes the book jumps around with style andven a timeline But it is still straightforward It let s Munch s intensity push through in the right way and by the A Vineyard Christmas end you feel as if you know himI d recommend this to anyone whether you are a fan of Munch or like me you would like to be And I d also like to thank Steffen Kverneland he has done Munch and this world a great service Munch might be hard to understand but Kverneland took him and brought him to usIn short I recommend this book to anyone Scattered thoughts1 Confusing at timesspecially at one specific point where I just couldn t figure out if two or Steffen Kvernelands Munch Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose ern biografi i tegneserieform Framstillingen r gjort på bakgrunn av sitater fra Munchs gne skrifter og samtidige skildringer fra Munchs liv og karriere Steffen Kverneland r n av landets aller fremste tegneseriekunstnere og har med dette verket løftet mediet til Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) et nytt nivåPå de første sidene i boken presenterer Kverneland sitt «Manifest» at hanr lei av biografier som følger objektet fra vugge til grav med diktet innlevelse som som regel r basert på omskrevne. ,
Hree people died I think it was two though2 Strindberg was a whoreson loggerhead3 Impressive drawings by Steffen Kverneland4 Also pretty impressive paintings from Munch5 Well researched book6 Not sure I feel like I learned that much about Munch though A lot of people in his life died He had anxiety no surprise when you ve seen the scream really He caused hue and cry with his xpressionistic paintings Not really any surprising Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, elements but I guess that s not Kverneland s fault I can t say I loved this book but it s not because Kverneland s art that depicts Munch and his world isn t inventive and great it s that Munch his crowd including his friend Strindberg all of them are unlikeable And Kverneland and his interlocutor Lars who weave the story of this book s creation through the story of Munch are also not very likable So the art and story captures the jarring unlikeability of both worlds Munch is a womanizer a drunk anti social rude and in a kind of spiraling intense artistic despair about the world that he best captures in his best known work The Scream which we do learn uite a bit about and that s what most of us came for I suppose But who wants to hang out with a person like that Well me obviously for a little while 270 pages is than a little whileMunch the novel has this meta fictionlement in that we see Kverneland and his friend Lars drunkenly cook up the approach to Munch Kverneland takes and we tack back and forth between Munch s jerk artist world and Kverneland s okay less so jerk artist world He uses actual uotes from the half crazy Munch s writings for the text and bases his story on deep research into his life with stabs at humanizing him in places The problem is that the story from artist Kverneland is truncated disjointed and just not a terrific story But an artist doesn t have to be a warm and cuddly guy to be interesting of course We know that from Picasso Van Gogh and so many others Finally the approach is inventive and impressive in many ways Maybe 375 rating from me grading up for the artwork perhaps unfairly grading down for character it depicts I am so disappointed with this book I had to force myself to finish in the The First Ghost end which is never a goodndorsement for a book and the whole thing was overly complicated scattered and felt like I was reading random thoughts from the inside of the author s brainIt seemed well researched and the art was good but the narrative desperately needed diting and structure and cohesion and this is where it fell down for me Munch life was full of alcohol friendships and women which served as a great inspiration for his paintings and makes for an interesting and xciting read for us You could say that the alcohol sometimes distorted his memory of Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential events SCREAMADELICAAt this point the Goodreads star rating system breaks down completelyFor beautyxuberance glorious graphic art and all round awesomeness FIVE FANTABULOUS STARSFor narrative interest and coherence a poxy TWO STARS and that is being generousWhy this bizarre discombobulation Because Steffan Kverneland is a great artist with no idea of what makes a story worth telling or interesting than my cat Hatter In this magnificent book Munch moans on about life I don t know how my nerves tolerated it I sat there at the table and could never bring myself to say a wordmoans on about his family Why had I not told him verything then he would have understood why
I WAS SO IMPETUOUS SO NERVOUSwas so impetuous so nervous often unyielding and callous why had I not remained home when he asked me toStrikes poses I saw all the people behind their masks smiling phlegmatic subdued faces I saw through them and there was suffering in them all pale corpses who restlessly scurried about along a tortuous road whose nd was the graveAnd drinks with his mates and drinks alone in his bed and paints rather a lot and then does it all again And again He s a right pompous bore Now that may not be so bad we have Humanism enjoyed books that sound remarkably like this Earthly Powers But Steffen makes a for me disastrousditorial decision which he Smokin' Hot explains in the introduction I want to hear Munch s and Strindberg s own voicesI ll make my own Dogme rule thentire text has to be made up of the authentic uotes and it s strictly forbidden to rewrite or add anything yourselfSo pages of great graphics art with stilted melodramatic Munchtalk The man reels deeper and deeper into the abyss unresisting powerless and rejoicing at the prospect of being able to tumble as passively as a stone And yet he cannot Placing Memory escape the vampire nor the pain And the woman will be there for allternity biting him with a thousand serpent tongues with a thousand venomous fangsSo all right we get that Munch was a big fan of Edgar Allen Poe A lot of people were But you know spare me For me unlike for Steffan Munch s voice and those of his cronies was stilted screechy artificial and wearing I hated him and I hated the lot of them Of course the paintings of Edvard Much are stunning sick and utterly scrummy That is a technical art termEgMunch is not the first great artist who was a jerk So the only reason to get this book is because of the 275 pages of wonderful art you see how difficult this book is to rate I have slagged off Steffan s Munch in his own words concept but at various points in the book Steffan and his
Friend Lars Fiske BreakLars Fiske break the story and appear as themselves discussing Munch drinking a whole lot and visiting Munch related places as two fans would do These parts are really fun They say stuff like The Scream is kinda like a ment. Kilder I stedet har Kverneland kun brukt sitater fra Munch og hans samtid og illustrert både de ofte hysterisk morsomme tildragelsene fra bohemlivet og de sjelegranskende scenende fra hans get liv og fra familien som var hjemsøkt av mye sykdom og dødI tillegg går Kverneland inn i Munchs kunstneriske prosess han gjenskaper Munchs bilder i stedet for å bringe inn faksimiler og dette gjør faktisk at man kommer mye nærmere kunsten Det r n utnyttelse av tegneserieformatet som r helt ksepsjonell