Munch painted “Death in the Sickroom” in 1893. Like many other paintings, it deals with the tuberculosis and death of his sister when he was 14.
Munch directs our focus not to the dying person but to the inner thoughts and grief of the family members. Sophie sits facing diagonally to the rear, largely invisible both to us and to all the mourners except her father. She is already absent from their lives.
Each of the mourners reacts differently and there is no intercourse among them. Confronted with the loneliness of death, each retreats into his or her lonely self.
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