The Dance of Life (painting)

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Dance of Life
Livets dans
Edvard Munch - The dance of life (1899-1900).jpg
ArtistEdvard Munch
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions125 x 191 cm
LocationNational Museum of Art, Norway

The Dance of Life or Life's Dance is an 1899–1900 expressionist painting by Edvard Munch, now in the National Museum of Art in Norway.[1]

The painting was an important work in Munch's project "The Frieze of Life." In creating the paining, Munch was allegedly inspired by the Helge Rode play Dansen gaar, of which Munch kept a copy in his personal library.[2]

Olaf Schou purchased the paining in Oslo in 1910, immediately presenting it to the National Gallery.


  1. ^ "The Dance of Life, 1899 by Edvard Munch".
  2. ^ "The Dance of Life, 1899–1900". Retrieved 2018-11-19.