Artists and Their Pets – Edvard Munch
Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is known for his emotionally intense paintings which depict the darker side of life: anxiety, loneliness, terror, and death. Many of his paintings reflect his own mental anguish. Munch’s most famous work, The Scream (1893) was inspired by a hallucinatory experience in which he felt and heard a “scream throughout nature” .
Not enjoying satisfying interpersonal relationships, Munch turned to his dogs, many of whom were terriers, for emotional fulfillment. They gave him joy and he took them everywhere, even to the movies. They accompanied him to the studio, and inspired some of his works, including his painting, Head of Dog (1930).