Famous for his intense paintings depicting interior psychological states like The Scream, Edvard Munch himself struggled with anxiety and depression. Munch’s sister and mother died when he was a boy and in 1908 Munch suffered a severe mental breakdown. In his later years Edvard Munch withdrew from society, living alone without a servant or a housekeeper.
Only his several dogs kept him company while he devoted his time to painting. Munch was even known to take his dogs to the movies with him as his trusted critics. If his dog barked he left the show.