Edvard Munch, The Sick Child (1885)

Munch never shied away from dark subject matter. Beginning in 1885, the painter, whose The Scream would bring him to prominence, created a cycle of paintings and illustrations around the death of his older sister, Johanne Sophie. Though this is the original version, he would create five more paintings and a number of other works in various mediums with the same title, over a period of 40 years. The subject matter rarely strayed, nor did the depictions—it seems Munch was haunted by this episode of his life. 

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