Description of the painting by Edward Munch “Killer in the alley”

Description of the painting by Edward Munch Killer in the alley

The picture is painted in oil on canvas in 1919.

It refers to the late work of the artist. Written in expressionism style.

Edvard Munch is a Norwegian artist. He created painting for theaters, owned graphics. He graduated from the royal school of drawing. Working in France, Munch was strongly influenced by the work of Gauguin, Van Gogh, which can be traced in a certain similarity in his canvases with the paintings of these artists. The creations of the great impressionists left an indelible mark on his soul, but still, Munch created his own style – expressionism.

In his works he depicted various human fears and emotions. Many paintings are written on the theme of the eternal relationship between a man and a woman. He depicts in his works love, hate, life and death, doom and salvation.

It is difficult to explain why the artist chose such a theme for creating the canvas “The killer in the alley”. But still, she can not leave anyone indifferent.

The canvas depicts a running killer who committed his crime. His face is depicted by simple graphic techniques, but even from these points, instead of the eyes, one can understand the emotions of the killer. In the background, Munch painted the city, as if showing that the killer had deliberately committed evil far from human eyes. The picture is drawn like a schoolboy who decided to make fun of the teacher: the lines and landscapes are depicted very simply.

The murderer is trying to quickly escape from the scene of the crime, his mimicry scares. By smears around the left eye, lips and eyebrows, we can conclude that his victim resisted. The body is located in the central part. The artist painted it not clearly. Judge that this is the victim we can on the contour of the body. It remains a mystery, for which the murderer dealt with her and for what, such a plot turned out to be important for Munch. What prompted him to write this canvas…

There are poets who wrote poems on the subject of this picture of Munch.

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