I won't lie. As I looked at some of his other artwork in preparation for this post, I found I wasn't much of a fan of his style. But then, as I read about him and his life, I realized that in his artwork, Munch did exactly what I try so often to do. He expressed his very soul on canvas.
Munch put very deep, honest emotions in his work, and I admire that. I think that with some art, it doesn't matter so much what it actually looks like in the end. The process, the story, the feeling is what really matters. Sure, his artwork is good and deserves its place on museum walls, but I think what matters more about his art is the way he so honestly poured everything out for people to see. I mean, no one can ever look at The Scream and try to argue that it is not a deeply emotional piece!
Like many others, Munch struggled with depression and other mental and emotional issues. For me, the iconic image of The Scream has become a reminder of those invisible problems everyone has to deal with at some point. Thankfully, Munch was able and willing to get help. His mental and emotional transformation is evident in his artwork, as he traded dark, angst-ridden images for much lighter, brighter, happier scenes. I pray that everyone struggling with depression and mental illness can find the help they need to have that transformation.