"He paints - that is to say - he looks at things in a different way from other artist. He sees only the essence and, consequently, paints only that. That is why Munch's pictures as a rule are ‘unfinished’, as people have taken such delight in saying. Oh yes! They are finished. Finished from his hand. Art is finished when the artist has said all that he really has to say, and this is the advantage Munch has over his generations of painters, he has the unique ability to show us how he felt and what gripped him, making everything else seem unimportant."
- Christian Krohg, Dagbladet (newspaper)