• Christian Munch falls madly in love with Laura

    Edvard’s parents, Christian Munch and Laura Bjølstad meet at Alfheim/Munthegården in Elverum. Christian works there as a substitute doctor, while Laura is working as a chief-maid for the Munthe-family.

  • Christian proposes to Laura

    Christian Munch proposes to Laura Bjølstad in Elverum. Laura writes to her parents and sister Karen about this on November 27, 1860.

  • Christian asks for Laura’s hand

    Doctor Christian Munch writes a letter to Laura Bjølstad’s father in Fredrikstad to ask for her hand. The parents are already familiar with the courtship.

  • Laura on a visit to Christiania

    Laura visits Christian Munch in the capital. She comes home by steamship to Hamar and is picked up there by horse. On the way from Hamar to Elverum there is a stop at Sigstad busstation and accommodation at Bækkevold.

  • Laura at Grefsen Bath

    Mother Laura is staying at Grefsen Bad. Christian writes letters and greets from the parishpriest in Elverum, Christian A. Gløersen and his wife Marie.

  • Christian Munchs looks for å place to live in Løten

    The farm By, drawn by Edvard Munch in 1882.

    Christian Munch is looking for the family’s first home in Løten. He has got a job as a corpsdoctor at Tofsrudmoen at Ådalsbruk in Løten. In addition to this military job, he will start a private medical practice, as there are no doctors in Løten at this time. It is Martinus Hansen Hjermstad in Løten who advises him to rent a house at By gård. Hjermstad runs Fargeri Brudal. 

  • Laura is looking forward to moving to Løten

    Laura responds to the letter from Christian that she is looking forward to seeing their new home in Løten and that she is grateful for the help from Hjermstad. She writes, among other things, “You can not imagine where I long to see my coming Home.” And: “Everyone in my home is happy that I have to come to the country.”

  • Edvard Munchs parents are getting married

    Edvard Munchs parents, Christian Munch and Laura Bjølstad, are getting married in Fredrikstad. Here are the engagement photos: 

  • Opening of the railway

    Grundsetbanen, Norway’s first state railway, between Hamar and Elverum will be opened. Løten is situated between Løten and Hamar. 

  • Sophie is born

    The Munch family has their first child; Johanne Sophie who is born at the farm By in Løten, their first shared home.

  • Sophie is baptized

    Edvard Munchs older sister Sophie is baptized in Løten church. Sponsors include the colorist in Løten; Martinius Hansen Hjermstad, Mrs. Christine Munthe from Elverum and the priest Gløersen from Elverum.

  • From By to Engelaug

    The family Munch moves from By gård to Engelaug østre. They moved in the period between 28 October and 2 December. The winter was cold and the living room at By-farm was too cold for a family with a small child. At Engelaug the family gets three rooms on the second floor, and two rooms on the third floor for Aunt Karen and servants.

  • Edvard Munch was born

     

    Edvard Munchs was born at Engelaug Østre in Løten.

    Edvard Munch was born at the farm Engelaug Østre in Løten. Aunt Karen describes the joy when Edvard was born and that he was carried around in a pink dress. He is named after his grandfather Edvard Storm Munch, who also lived in Hedmark in his youth. Edvard is ill and weak at birth and is therefore baptized at home by the chaplain Andreas Melchior Eriksen. Edvard himself later wrote: “I came into the world ill – was baptized at home – and my father did not think I should live”.

    Here is the room where Edvard Munch was born in 1863.
  • Edvard Munch’s baptismdate is determined

    Edvard’s baptism is confirmed in Løten church. The priest in Romedal and the familyfriend Anton Thingstad from Edvard’s birtfarm Engelaug were among the sponsors.

  • Christian Munch becomes a national corpsdoctor

    Christian is appointed national corpsdoctor at the army’s mainstation in Chirstiana, and moves to the capital.

  • Pastors visit Christian Munch in Christiania

    Both the priest in Elverum (Gløersen) and Romedal (Deinboll) is coming to the capital Christiania to visit Edvard Munch’s dad Christian. 

  • First photo of Edvard Munch

    The very first photograph of Edvard Munch is taken by Hamar’s first portrait photographer Halfdan Lunde.

  • Laura dreads leaving Engelaug

    Laura writes a letter to Christian from Engelaug. Christian, who lives and works in the capital, has sent gifts home with Thinsgtad. Laura thanks for the album, the doll for Sophie, soap for aunt Karen, Eau de Cologne and oranges. She writes that the children are healthy, and that Sophie would rather be out. Edvard is well after a sore ear. The weather is sour, she has sown peas in the garden, but is afraid it is too early. There is no point in doing early spring rounds on these edges, she writes. Laura is looking forward to earlier springs in Christiania, and she is grateful that Christian don’t have to drive on a bad road to Løten. At the same time, it will be sad to leave the kind hosts at Engelaug, she writes. Laura also writes that she is going to Romedal church and to the Ræder-family at Gaustad north in Romedal.

  • Christian Munchs visits Løten

    Edvard Munchs dad, Christian, has several visits to his family who still stays at Engelaug in Løten. His nephew Edvard Diriks (10) also has a summerstay with the Munch family in Løten. As a thank you, his family sends a bucket of berries. The Danish-German war is raging and this affects corps doctor Munch.

  • The Munch-family moves to Kristiania

    The Munch-family moves from Løten to Nedre Slottsgate 9 in Kristiania. Here the next three children are born; Peter Andreas in 1865, Laura Cathrine in 1867 and Inger Marie in 1868. The Thingstad-family in Løten keeps close contact with the Munch-family in Kristiania through letters and visits.

  • Visit to Alfheim

    Laura writes to Christian from Elverum rectory. She describes a visit to Alfheim that has not been entirely successful, that she is knitting red braces for him and that everyone is competing for Edvard who is so “sweet and delicious”. They have taken the train from Løken station (Ådalsbruk) to Elverum.

  • Thank you-letter from Laura

    Laura writes a letter to her friends in Løten. She thanks for the gifts she has received, including beacon and she sends with money for it.

    It is clear that Ole Thingstad regularly visits and brings food, gifts and things from Løten to the Munch family in Kristiania. Laura also says thank you to babysitter Oline Fløtholen on behalf of her daughter Sophie for the letter she has received. This letter is so dear to Sophie that she keeps it in her pocket, even though she can’t read and write yet. Sophie has a faint, but heartfelt memory of her hometown Løten and she often talks about the Thingstad-family and the little girls she used to play with.

    Sophie has not forgot the candysugar she got there. Mother-Laura also describes how Sophie teaches 4-year-old Edvard to crochet air stitches. This may indicate that Sophie learned this from Oline. Edvard Munch is described as a «fresh and big, but wild child». Laura also writes: “We often talk about the dear happy days we spent in the country, and God has let happiness follow us up to this day. We often talk about Engelhaug and you, and we can not forget Thingstad’s sacrifice with decorating our house, so we got a good and neat home. The farm By is also so dear to us, I have recently drawn for Sophie Engelhaug and By with people and animals, and even the goat to endless fun for the children and me.”

  • Edvard Munch’s mother dies

    Just 5 years old Edvard Munch loses his mother Laura who dies of tuberculosis 31 years old. Now Edvard’s father has to take care of five kids under 6 years old. Luckily he gets help from Lauras sister, Karen.  

  • Edvard Munch (11) on summer-stay in Løten

    Edvard and his brother Andreas have a longer summerstay at Englaug in Løten. They travel by train from Kristiania to Eidsvoll, then steamships to Hamar, and train to Løken station (Ådalsbruk) in Løten. Anton Thingstad from Edvard Munchs birthfarm, Engelaug, meet them at Hamar station. Radiant with joy, Edvard writes home to his father about life in Løten on 2 August 1875:

  • The thief Svartbekken receives his death penalty

    While Edvard is on summer vacation in Løten, something happens that makes a strong impression on him. This August-day, the sentence falls on the thief Kristoffer Svartbekken for the murder of 19-year-old Even Nilsen Dæhlin. Svartbekken is sentenced to death. This is a case that gets a lot of attention, and that Edvard is also very concerned about. As a grown man, Edvard visits Svartbekken’s court.

  • Svartbekken is beheaded in Løten

    Kristoffer Svartbekken is beheaded at Stormyra in Løten. This is Norway’s last public execution in peacetime and an event that Edvard Munch is very fascinated and concerned about.

  • Edvard Munchs sister (15) dies

    Det syke barn

    Edvard’s sister Sophie dies at the age of 15. She was the inspiration behind Munch’s picture “The Sick Child” (over). When their dad, Christian Munch, went from Kristiania to Løten after Sophie’s  death, he was well taken care of by his friends at Engelaug in Løten. In a letter home Christian writes; «I spent all the time in Løten with the kind Thingstads who did not know what good they could do for me». The farewell-gift, Sophies devotionalbook with a personal greeting (under), shows how close the two families were.

     

  • Edvard decides to become a painter

    Edvard writes: “My destiny is now to become a painter.”

    See some of his pictures inspired by Løten 

  • Edvard visits Løten and Hamar

    The church in Hamar, drawn by Edvard Munch in 1882. Photo: Munchmuseet

    Edvard Munch arrives in Hamar for a stay of six weeks in both Hamar and Løten. At May 17th he is celebrating the National Day in Hamar with his friend from the drawing school in Kristiania (Oslo), Bjarne Falk. Among other things they go to Domkirkeodden to listen to speeches that Edvard later describes as “patriotic and boring”. Edvard draws several sketches from Hamar, both of landscapes, buildings and people. He adores the ladies in Hamar and writes home: “I have met a lot of beautiful ladies up here, there are a lot of them in Hamar in general”. He describes the landscape around him as following: “It is absolutely beautiful here now in the leaf splash, especially towards Vang church”.

    Se all the drawings from Hamar and Løten 

  • Edvard draws 40 drawings from Løten and Hamar

    Barnepiken Oline Fløtholen

    After spending some weeks with the Falk-family in Hamar, Edvard (18) goes to Løten to stay at the Thingstad-family at his birthfarm Engelaug in Løten. For the first time alone. Edvard is now a student at a drawing school in Kristiania (Oslo) and he brings the sketchbook everywhere. The Munch-family back in Kristiania complains that they hear little from Edvard, but interprets it as if he is doing well. During the summer Edvard draws about 40 pictures from Løten and Hamar. He is involved in the daily life of the Thingstad family and is, among other things, in a funeral that he tells about later in life. At Engelaug farm he is treated well with sour cream porridge and dram. He draws his old nanny Oline Fløtholen, and title the drawing “Wife with children” (above). This drawing will later inspire Munch to paint the famous Alma Mater-picture at Oslo University.

    Se all the drawings

  • Klevfos paperfabric opens

    The Klevfos paperfabric, close to Munch’s birthplace in Løten, is built. This is today an industrymuseum with a Munch-center.

  • Munchs dad dies

    The engagement-picture of Edvard Munchs dad, Christian Munch.

    Christian Munch dies, aged 72. Edvard is on a studystay in Paris at the time, and he is inconsolable that he is not allowed to come home for the funeral.

  • Munch receives financial assistance

    The doctor Karl W. Wefring helps Munch financially. Wefring was a municipal doctor, he also built Løten’s first nursing home. Wefring was also chairman of the Løiten Youth Association, and a mayor from 1899-1901.

    Wefring is painted by Munch, he also buys a picture that he takes to Sanderud hospital, where he is director.

  • Munch wants to move to his birthplace Løten

    Engelaug Østre – Munchs birthplace.

    Edvard Munch is on his way back to Norway from Dr. Jacobsen’s clinic in Copenhagen and writes a letter to his good friend Jappe Nielsen, that he is considering to move to Hedmark, preferably close to his friend Wefring who lives in Løten. “I think now it is best to go to Norway – and first to Løten or Kongsvinger – where I will immediately start painting – Maybe (…) preferably close to Wefring.”

  • The Alma Mater-decoration is done

    “Wife with a child”, Edvard Munch, 1882.

    After two years of work Munch finally finishes “The Alma Mater”-decoration in the aula at the University og Oslo. Edvard Munch himself says: “Alma Mater would not have become like this if I had not made a drawing at the age of 18 of a wife with a child on Hedemarken, at my birthplace, with the same attitude and style.” 

    Morsskikkelen på Løten-tegningen var utgangspunktet for et av hans mest kjente malerier; "Alma mater".
    The Alma Mater-decoration, Edvard Munch, 1882.
  • A big fire close to Munchs birthplace

    A big fabric at the place Ådalsbruk in Løten, close to the farm where Edvard Munch was born, burns down to the ground.

  • Munch talks about the kind people from Løten

    A journalist from the newspaper “Hamar Stiftstidende” interviews Munch and asks him where he was born. Munch answers clearly: “I was born at Ole Thingstad’s farm in Løten”. He also says that he drew his old nanny Oline Fløtholen when he wnt back for a summer-vacation in 1882. After Munch asks the journalist if Ole Thingstad is still alive?  He also comment: “We appreciated these nice and lovable people so much, and I have so often thought of visiting them” . As they part, Munch tells the journalist: “You must not write anything that will make the people in Løten angry at me!”

  • Munch announces his birthplace

    The newspaper “Hamar Stiftstidende” has an article about Munch titled: «The painter Edv. Munch was born in Løten».

  • On a surprise-visit to Engelaug

    Engelaug Østre – the farm where Edvard Munch was born.

    After receiving Løten-news from the journalist from Hamar Stiftstidende, Edvard Munch goes on a surprise-visit to Ole Thingstad at his birthfarm Engelaug in Løten.

    Munch takes the train to Ådalsbruk station and walks from there to Engelaug. His birthfarm is exactly as he remembers it; even the gray-blue door at the guest room, where they as children  shot with a bow at the stable door, is just the same. Munch even thinks that the rooster in the yard is the same one as in the old days.

    His friend Ole Thingstad is almost 80 years at the time, but the two friends have a very good time, talking about the happy summerdays Munch spent in Løten, 11 and 18 years old. 

    When Olava Thingstad takes Munch to look at the animals in the barn, he asks her what they will do with a small calf. When she replies; “I guess we’ll probably feed him and slaught him” Munch says; “to me that would be like killing a kind aunt or uncle.” He was very found of animals. 

    During this Løten-visit Munch also goes to the place where Kristoffer Svartbekken was executed. He has always been fascinated by the Svartbekken-story, and he is driven there by taxidriver Olav Karlsen from Ådalsbruk. Munch offers Karlsen a drawing to pay for the trip, but Karlsen says no thanks. He would rather have money… 

  • Letter from Løten

    Munch turns 70 years old and receives a lot of letters and greetings from far and wide. He does not open them all, and when Munch three months later, in February, finds an unopened greeting from Ole Thingstad in Løten he sends a quick letter back. Ole says thanks for det the visit last summer – he really appreciated to mumble about the youth days an Munchs visits to Løten at age 11 and 18. Edvard Munch writes back that he was very happy about the greeting from Løten, and that it annoys him that he did not see it before. He also writes that he was glad that he went to Engelaug and that he really wants to come back next summer: “Yes, you understand, it’s so much that brings my thoughts to Engelhaug”, he writes.  

  • Ole Thingstad sends a letter to Munch

    Ole Thingstad sends a letter to Munch to say thank you for the visit last summer. He also write about news from Løten, among other things that Oline Fløtholen, Munchs babysitter from Løten, and Christen Engelaug have passed away.

  • Munch isolates himself on Ekely

    Munch isolates and works alone inside at his home Ekely in Oslo. Kåre Håvard Torp from Løten is a medical student in the capital, and he stops by Munch to hand over some letters. He calls at the doorbell at Ekely several times without anyone opening. Then he finally shouts over the gate “I come from Løten!”, amd then Edvard Munch opens and the guest is well received. Kåre Håvard Torp is back to visit Munch several times after this, and he brings eggs from Ådalsbruk in Løten to Munch and his sister Inger.

  • Munch’s last visit to Løten

    Munch is on his last visit to Ole Thingstad. Munch has struggled with a number of colds during on Hvitsten, and he wants to travel away for peace and quiet. He writes in a draft letter to his sister: «Lillehammer will not be so good in the autumn; I’m probably going up somewhere near Hamar so I can say hello to Thingstads».

  • The newspaper “Dagbladet” writes about Munch and Løten

    Sigurd Jenssen from Ådalsbruk writes an article in Dagbladet in connection with Edvard Munch’s 75th birthday. It is entitled “Edvard Munch’s earliest childhood at Engelaug in Løten”.

    Sigurd and Munch exchanges letters about this, and Sigurd wants to meet Munch. At that time Munch is at Nedre Ramme in Hvitsten, east-south of Norway, and has to stay calm due to illness, but he writes that if he gets better he would like to talk to Sigurd about Løten and Engelhaug.

  • Munch boasts of the people in Løten

    Edvard Munch describes the people at his birth-farm Engelaug as “warm hearted” people, who always offer a place to stay, with food on the table and milk straight from the barn, and lots of fresh air and outdoor-life.

  • Ole Thingstad dies

    Munch’s good friend Ole Thingstad dies. Sigurd Jenssen from Ådalsbruk conveys the message of death to Munch at his home Ekely in Oslo. The two talk for hours about Løten and common acquaintances. Munch sends a wreath to the funeral and receives a letter of thanks from Ole’s daughter Signe. Among other things, Munch says this about his first drawings from Løten:

    «And I appreciate these drawings so much, because they are so original. I had not encountered human evil at that time, which is why they are so blessed to be free from response to challenge.”

    Ole Thingstad
  • Edvard Munch longs for Løten

    Edvard Munch sends a gift package with photos to his friends Aksel Thingstad and Kåre Håvard Torp at Ådalsbruk in Løten. In the letter that accompanied the gifts, he wrote that he wanted to go to Engelaug, but that he did not feel well enough. In another letter from the same period, Munch writes that he spent his first three years at Engelaug. This was not true, but he clearly felt that he had lived there longer than he actually did.

  • Edvard Munch draws Jørgen Engelaug

    Edvard Munch is asked by Oleane Torp from Løten if he can send the drawing he made of her grandfather, Jørgen Engelaug. Edvard is unable to find this drawing, and a drawing he knows that he made by Anton Thingstad. He then draws Jørgen from memory, 60 years after he saw him, and writes the following in the letter to Oleane: «I have unfortunately misplaced the drawing to Jørgen Engelstad – I have not seen it in 10 years – I have looked for it so long, that I had to give up. I have also misplaced the drawing of old Thingstad and madam it hurt me very much to have misplaced the drawings of them, my old friends.”

  • Edvard Munch dies

    Edvard Munch dies at his home Ekely in Oslo.

  • The opening of the Munch-center in Løten

    The Munch Center and the photo point at Edvard Munchs birth-farm Engelaug open.