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The Sick Child (Det syke barn)

Photo credit: Tate

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'The Sick Child' touches on the fragility of life. It draws upon Munch’s personal memories, including the trauma of his sister’s death, and visits to dying patients with his doctor father. He described the 1885 painting as ‘a breakthrough in my art’ and made several subsequent versions, of which this is the fourth. Acquired by the city of Dresden in 1928, it was displayed in the Gemäldegalerie.

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  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    118.7 x 121 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Presented by Thomas Olsen 1939


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