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Laura Catherine Munch (1867 - 1926)

Laura Catherine Munch
Born in Kristiania, Norgemap
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Died at age 59 in Oslo, Norwaymap
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Laura was born 3 January 1867.[1] She was the daughter of Christian Munch and Laura Cathrine Bjølstad.

Her father was a physician at Loten, Norway, where the family resided until 1864, when they relocated to Oslo, following the father's appointment as medical officer at Akershus Fortress. Her mother, Laura, died of tuberculosis in 1868, the same year that her younger sister Inger Marie was born. Within a year, the older sister, Sophie, also died of tuberculosis.[2]

In 1875, the family was living at Thv. Meyersgade 48, Kristiania.[3]

Laura, four years younger than her famous brother, Edvard, developed a schizoaffective illness during her adolescence and required intermittent lifelong hospitalizations for mental illness.[4]

She died 25 January 1926 of cancer in Oslo at the age of 59.[5][1]

"Laura developed cancer in 1926. [....] He (her brother Edvard) visited Laura shortly before her death and reported on the conversation in a note to Tante Karen and Inger. 'She's not frightened of death, in the mean time she has her work and her little house.'"[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grave Stone for Laura Munch. [dead link]
  2. Biography of Edvard Munch The Art Story.
  3. Arkivverket Digitalarkivet, Folketelling 1875 for 0301 Kristiania kjøpstad.
  4. Edvard Munch A Study of Loss, Grief and Creativity, by Lawrence Warick, M.D, Ph.D. & Elaine Warick, B.A.
  5. Memorial: Find a Grave (has image)
    Find A Grave: Memorial #263502414 (accessed 19 March 2024)
    Memorial page for Laura Catherine Munch (3 Jan 1867-25 Jan 1926), citing Nordstrand kirkegård, Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway (plot: Field 7, Row 4, Grave 15-2); Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 48390254).
  6. Edvard Munch, Behind the Scream, by Sue Prideaux, 2005, page 284.

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