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Edvard Munch

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No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.
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"Impressions from a ballroom, New Year's Eve in St. Cloud" also known as "The St. Cloud Manifesto" (1889)

 
Edvard Munch

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