Munch returned to this deeply traumatic event again and again in his art, completing six oil paintings and many studies in various media, over a period of more than 40 years.
The Sick Child (this is the title of the works) became for Munch—who nearly died from tuberculosis himself as a child—a means to record both his feelings of despair and guilt that he had been the one to survive and to confront his feelings of loss for his late sister.
You can see all the version of the painting here.
|The original version (1885 - 86). Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo.|
|The second painting (1896). Konstmuseet, Gothenburg.|