Edvard Munch was born on December 12th, 1863, in Løten, Norway, the son of Christian Munch, a military doctor. He spent most of his childhood living in Kristiania, which is now better known as Oslo, the Norwegian capital. Edvard Munch’s mother, his brother, and one of his sisters died of tuberculosis while he was still young, and Edvard was himself a sickly child. At the age of 17 was tutored in the arts by Christian Krohg, a naturalist painter, who was quite famous in Norway. Edvard’s talent was evident by his early realist paintings, but the traumatic events that plagued Edvard’s youth had an even deeper impact on his artistic vision than any other artist or artistic movement could have.
In 1891, Munch began working on sketches for The Scream, his most famous piece, and descriptive self-portrait. There were several versions of this work created by Munch, from black and white illustrations to several paintings, using several different techniques. In 1893, he presented some of the paintings from his Frieze of Life series in an exhibit on Unter den Linden, again, darkness is ever present in his work, which was charged with atmosphere and anguished love.
Biography taken from: http://www.famouspainter.com/edvard.htm