The Day After

  • Artist: Edvard Munch
  • Creation date: (1894)
  • Object type: Painting


Edvard Munch


Born 1863 in Løten, Hedmark, death 1944 in Oslo

Edvard Munch worked as an artist for over sixty years. He was creative, ambitious and hardworking. He produced nearly two thousand paintings, hundreds of graphic motifs and thousands of drawings. In addition, he wrote poems, prose and diaries. The Scream, Madonna, Death in the Sickroom and the other symbolist works from the 1890s have made him one of the most famous artists of our time.

"Don't become an artist!"

Edvard wanted to become an artist early on, and there was no doubt that he had talent. But his father refused to allow him to follow his dream, so Edvard began studying engineering. But already after one year he chose to defy his father, and switched from engineering college to the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry in Kristiania, now Oslo.

A talented and provocative bohemian

It was obvious to everyone in the Norwegian art community that the young man showed rare talent. In 1883, at the age of 20, he debuted at Høstutstillingen (The Autumn Exhibition). In 1886, Munch became acquainted with author and anarchist Hans Jæger, a leading figure in the Kristiania bohemian community. The bohemian community convinced Munch that the arts had to renew themselves to reach people and to have relevance in their lives. In the same year he exhibited the painting The Sick Child. This generated debate!

Courage led to breakthrough

Some acclaimed The Sick Child a work of genius, while others deemed it unfinished and unworthy of exhibition. Today it is considered to mark Munch's breakthrough. It was here that demonstrated the independence and willingness to break fresh ground.

From this point until his final brush strokes, his artistic practice can be summed up in just word: experimentation. Munch did not care about established "rules" for so-called good art. His techniques in both painting and graphics were innovative.

From people's emotional life to agriculture and landscape

Henrik Ibsen's plays about humanity's existential challenges inspired Munch. Themes such as death, love, sexuality, jealousy and anxiety were central to his early images. Some themes sprang from personal experience. For example, Death in the Sickroom and The Sick Child are linked to his memory of his mother and sister's illnesses and early deaths.

After 1910, Munch chose a quieter and secluded life. At his own farms at Ekely in Oslo and in Hvitsten, he found entirely new motifs, such as agriculture, working life and landscapes. Man in the Cabbage Field is a typical example from this period.

Work info

Creation date:
Other titles:
Dagen derpå (NOR)
Object type:
Materials and techniques:
Olje på lerret
  • Width: 152 cm
  • Height: 115 cm
Motif - type:
Purchased 1909
Inventory no.:
Part of exhibition:
Livets dans. Samlingen fra antikken til 1950, 2011 - 2019
Edvard Munch. Peintures, oeuvre gravé, 1952
Edvard Munch, 1952
Edvard Munch. I oss er verdener, 2019 - 2020
Faces in the Crowd. Picturing Modern Life, 2004 - 2005
100 års norsk kunst, 1963
Edvard Munchs utställning, 1894
Eduard Munch, 1898
Edvard Munch - Maleriudstilling, 1897
Edvard Munch udstilling, 1904
Edvard Munch 1863-1944, 1973
Edvard Munch 1863-1944, 1974
Kunst in Berlin 1648-1987, 1987
The Art of Norway 1750-1914, 1979
Edvard Munch og den tsjekkiske kunst, 1971
Werken von Edvard Munch in Kösen, 1906
Edvard Munchs Maleriudstilling, 1901
Der Potzdamer Platz. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner und der Untergang Preussens, 2001
Edvard Munch. The modern life of the soul, 2006
Edvard Munch, 1927
Edvard Munch, 1987 - 1988
Edvard Munch und Axel Gallen, 1895
Eva und die Zukunft. Das Bild der Frau seit der Französischen Revolution, 1986
Exhibition, 2005
Munch 150, 2013
Edvard Munch, 1927
The Ecstacy of Colour - Munch, Matisse and the Expressionists, 2012 - 2013
Edvard Munch, 1958 - 1959
Edvard Munch 1863-1944, 1974
The Art of Norway 1750-1914, 1978 - 1979
The Art of Norway 1750-1914, 1979
Cataloguing level:
Single object
Owner and collection:
Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, The Fine Art Collections
Børre Høstland/Lathion, Jacques