|image via NRK|
Andy Warhol was a great fan of Munch. He first saw the work at a gallery in New York in 1982. Both men lost a parent at a very young age, and both, it seems were obsessed with death. His paintings and silkscreens are inspired by Munch's The Scream, Madonna and Self-portrait with Skeleton Arm.
The opportunity to see Munch and Munch by Warhol so close to us, so close to where he spent so many magical summers, seems to have a touch of kismet to it. My grandfather took me as a child to the Munch museum in Oslo -- he saw it as a duty and a pleasure -- but neither of my children have seen a Munch up close. I watched them excitedly discussing each painting, as thrilled by him as I am. (Warhol is "neat" -- that brilliant, descriptive word the Americans use -- but he doesn't tug on my heartstrings like Munch, doesn't come from the same dirt as we do.)