The life and times of the Norwegian painter Munch and his importance in the development of art. Edvard Munch was born in 1863, not long after Darwin's celebrated work On the Origin of the Species. If ever there was a painter reflecting a massive change in how human beings view the world about them, it was surely Munch. In spite of virulent opposition from his peers, he marched fearlessly into the new world view and flagged the rest of us well on our way.. He could hardly be more talented than he was. He could hardly have worked harder than he did. His massive output charms and disturbs us almost as much now as it did when he painted it, and he died more than seventy years ago. What a subject for a film! There are no presenters, there is no lush music; just Munch and his astonishing life and the paintings he made. You might well change your views on what art is about and it's quite likely that after viewing this film, you will be making a beeline for the Munch Museum in Oslo at the first opportunity.