1864 Munch’s family settles in Kristiana (the former name of the Norwegian capital, renamed Oslo in late 1924).

 

1868 His mother dies of tuberculosis

 

1877 His elder sister, Sophie, also dies of TB, aged fifteen.

 

1879 Begins studying to be an engineer, soon giving it up to devote himself to painting.

 

1881-1883 After taking courses at the Royal School of Art and Drawing in Christiana, he is taught by the naturalist painter Christian Krohg and by Frits Thaulow.

 

1883-1884 Exhibits at the Salon of Decorative Arts and takes part in a group show in Kristiana. Moves in the Bohemian circles in Kristiana around Hans Jaeger and Christian Krohg, the editors of the literary review Impressionisten.

 

1885 Begins the composition of The Sick Child. Thanks to a grant from Frits Thaulow, he travels to Antwerp where he takes part in the World’s Fair of the Fine Arts. Trip to Paris where he visits the Louvre and the Salon.

1886 Participates in the autumn exhibition in Kristiana, presenting four canvases, including The Sick Child.

 

1888 Visits an exhibition of French art presented in Copenhagen.

 

1889-1890 First solo exhibition at the Students’ Association, Kristiana. He obtains a state grant which allows him to stay in Paris, where he takes classes with Léon Bonnat at the École des Beaux-Arts. Stays in Berlin. Exhibits a picture at the Paris World’s Fair. Death of his father.

 

1892 Exhibits in Kristiana and then in Berlin at the invitation of the Association of Berlin Artists (the Berliner Kunstverein). The room where his works are exhibited is closed after a week. This ‘Munch affair’ affords him some notoriety. Max Liebermann, founder of the Berlin Secession, heads a committee in support of the painter. The exhibition is presented in Cologne, Düsseldorf, and then again in Berlin in December.

 

1893 In Berlin, he meets poet Richard Dehmel, writer Stanislas Przybyszewski and August Strindberg. Works on the Frieze of Life. Exhibits with Strindberg at the Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung.

 

1894 In Berlin, executes the first prints, etchings and lithographs. Publication of a monograph by

Przybyszewski, Servaes, Pastor and Julius Meier-Graefe, Das Werk des Edvard Munch.

 

1895 Exhibits with Gallen-Kallela in Berlin. Death of his brother Andreas.

 

1896 In Paris, rubs shoulders with the writers who frequent Mallarmé’s ‘mardi’ gatherings, as well as the Nabi group centred on the journal La Revue blanche, in whose pages Strindberg publishes a review of Munch’s exhibition in the ‘Art Nouveau’ gallery. Creates sets for Ibsen’s Peer Gynt at the Théâtre de l’OEuvre.

 

1897 Exhibits the Frieze of Life (ten paintings) at the Salon des Indépendants. Meets Tulla Larsen in Kristiana.

 

1899 Takes part in the Venice Biennial. Spends winter in the sanatorium at Fåberg, Norway.

 

1902 Meets and befriends Dr Max Linde, who commissions several works from him. Exhibits twenty-eight paintings of the Frieze of Life at the Berlin Secession. Dramatic break with Tulla Larsen. He shoots himself in the left hand with a revolver. Gustav Schliefler embarks upon a catalogue of Munch’s graphic works.

 

1903 Exhibits eight paintings at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris and becomes a member of the society of the Salon.

 

1904 Signs an exclusive contract with Bruno Cassirer in Berlin. Shows at the Vienna Secession.

 

1908 Serious depression. Enters the private clinic of Dr Daniel Jacobson in Copenhagen.

 

1909 Settles in Skrubben, Norway. Works on a project for a wall decoration in the great hall of the University of Kristiana, project accepted in 1914 and inaugurated in 1916.

 

1912 Has a room devoted to his work in the Sonderbund exhibition at Cologne.

 

1913 Exhibits eight prints in the Armory Show, New York

 

1917 Publication in Berlin of a monograph on Munch by Curt Glaser.

 

1918 At the time of an exhibition at Blomqvist’s in Kristiana, Munch publishes the Frieze of Life.

 

1919 Contracts Spanish flu.

 

1920-1922 Travels to Berlin, Paris, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt. Exhibition in the Kunsthaus, Zürich.

 

1926 Death of his sister Laura. Travels to Germany, Italy, Denmark and France.

 

1927 Retrospective of his oeuvre in the national galleries of Berlin and Oslo.

 

1928 Project for a mural decoration, never executed, for Oslo City Hall.

 

1930-1931 Serious eye problems affect his sight.

 

1937 Denigrated as ‘degenerate art’, 82 works by Munch are seized from various public collections in Germany and are sold off in Norway.

 

1939-1944 During the occupation of Norway by German forces, Munch leads a reclusive existence in Ekely.

 

1944 Edvard Munch dies on January 23, bequeathing the totality of his output to the City of Oslo.