Johanne Munch
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Johanne Sophie Munch (1862 - 1877)

Johanne Sophie Munch
Born in Løten, Hedmark, Norgemap
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Died at age 15 in Oslo, Norwaymap
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Sophie was the elder sister of the artist Edvard Munch. She died at the age of 15 from tuberculosis.

Her death left a lasting impression on Edvard, so much so that throughout his life Edvard returned to this moment and created a series of portraits of his sister entitled "The Sick Child." Over six completed oil paintings and dozens of studies in various media were created for the series by Edvard over a period of 40 years. [1] The series has been described as "a vivid study of the ravages of a degenerative disease."[2]

Johanne was born 7 September 1862 and christened on 28 October 1862 in Løten. She was the daughter of Christian Munch and Laura Cathrine Bjølstad. [3]

She died 9 November 1877 at Oslo. Her remains were interred 14 November of the same year. Her death record reads "Child Johanne Sofie Munch, daughter of korps doctor Christian Munch. Died of tuberculosis (lung disease).[4] Her remains were buried at Krist Kirkegård, Oslo.[5]


  1. The Sick Child Munch on Wikipedia.
  2. Eisenman, Stephen; Crow, Thomas; Lukacher, Brian. "Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History". London: Thames & Hudson, 2007. 422. ISBN 0-5002-8650-7
  3. Record of the Birth and Baptism of Johanne Sophie Munch. Løten prestekontor, K/Ka/L0008: Ministerialbok nr. 8, 1860-1877, s. 46.
  4. Record of the Death and Burial of Johanne Sofie Munch. Garnisonsmenigheten Kirkebøker, F/Fa/L0011: Ministerialbok nr. 11, 1870-1880, s. 265.
  5. Find a Grave Memorial for Johanne Sophie Munch.

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