Collections and research

Edvard Munch in the National Museum

Edvard Munch in the National Museum

The National Museum’s collection of paintings and works on paper by Edvard Munch contains many of the artist’s most significant creations. These works, internationally the best known part of the museum’s collection, came to the National Gallery (now part of the National Museum) partly through purchase and partly thanks to generous donations.

© Nasjonalmuseet / Munch-museet / Munch-Ellingsen-gruppen / BONO 2010.
Foto: Jacques Lathion / Nasjonalmuseet

The collection encompasses both early and late works from the artist’s career; here we find portraits, landscapes, and motifs from the “Frieze of Life” series. The first Munch painting acquired by the National Gallery was the evocative Night in Nice, purchased at the National Annual Autumn Exhibition in 1891 for 200 kroner. Collectively, the museum’s Munch collection offers an excellent cross-section of the artist’s development.

Much of the collection is displayed in the museum’s dedicated Munch room, and the number of visitors who pass through it each year is considerable.

These pages present a selection of the museum’s artworks by Edvard Munch, covering the period from the early 1880s through to 1919.