This painting was the first masterpiece of Edward Munch, exhibited in 1886, but at first it did not receive recognition. Critics and viewers accused Munch of unfair work, as well as the incompleteness and rudeness of the composition. In their essays, the writers published many negative and even angry reviews from the audience of the exhibition. Only half a century later, the picture was accepted by people and became part of the art world.
Munch was very burdensome, but at the same time inspired by the theme of death. Personal pain after the loss of his older elder sister Sophie, who passed away from tuberculosis, served as an impetus for him to create the painting "Sick Girl".
The image makes the beholder feel touching and sentimental. The characters in the picture are a woman of advanced years and a girl who looks sick. A woman, possibly raising desperate prayers to heaven, holds a fragile child by the hand. The bright red hair reclining on the pillow of the girl emphasizes the unhealthy color of her skin. A light glow emanates from her, personifying her quick departure to another world.
Although there are bright colors on the canvas that enliven its appearance, in general, Munch’s work makes a rather difficult impression. A lot of dark colors suggest tragic thoughts about imminent and impending death.
Despite the gloominess of the room and the atmosphere in general, the eyes of the sick girl do not express pain or fear. Her look is full of humility and calm, perhaps she does not understand what should happen to her. This makes the beholder empathize with the suffering of the unfortunate patient.
The appearance of the patient in this picture, Munk wrote from a real girl, whom he saw by chance. She was only 11 years old, but to the depths of his soul he was struck by the feeling of kindness and compassion for his ill brother, which such a young creature was capable of.
Claude Monet Garden Corner In Montgeron