Although Munch always painted human figures and recognizable things, it was not their physical appearance in the world that interested him most. For Munch, strong color and brushwork were ways to express the feelings and emotions that surround the events of life. Take some time to explore Girl Under Apple Tree and use it to prompt a creative short story with this art activity!
See And Think
What feelings come through to you in this scene of a girl all alone standing beneath an apple tree?
Consider the physical placement of the girl, tree, and surrounding foliage. Imagine what brought her there.
What is she doing?
Why is she looking so directly at the viewer?
Pick three adjectives to describe the tree.
Do: Write a Short Story Based on Munch’s Painting
Materials Needed: Paper and something to write with (pen, pencil, etc.)
Take the perspective of either the tree or the girl.
Consider the setting, mood, and other characters they might encounter.