In the summer of 1889 Edvard Munch settled in Åsgårdstrand for the first time. This tiny municipality located by the Oslofjord would later be a huge influence on his life and work.
The Dance of Life belongs to a series called the Frieze of Life. This frieze was intended as a series of freely adjoining pictures, which would give a clear view of life and the situation of modern man.
Edvard Munch's life in Åsgårdstrand
Edvard Munch spent most of his time in Åsgårdstrand between 1889 and 1905. He continued to come back for longer and shorter periods of time after 1905, but not as often as before. The house continued to be in his ownership until he died in 1944.