Self-Portrait with the Spanish Flu, Edvard Munch.

Item

Title

Self-Portrait with the Spanish Flu, Edvard Munch.

Description

This is an oil on canvas self-portrait of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch from 1919, depicting his recovery from the Spanish Flu. Munch’s depiction of his unmade bed and messy room, along with his house clothing and pale and gaunt appearance suggests the physical and mental toll of the virus. During the Fall Wave, Norway experienced the second-lowest death rate in Europe with 13,000 perishing from the plague (Patterson & Pyle 1991, 14).

Contributor

Photographed by Jacques Lathion

Creator

Edvard Munch

Date

1919

Format

Oil on canvas

Rights

Public domain

Source

National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, NG.M.01867