Edvard Munch's painting The Scream is among the world's most reproduced images. So when one of his original versions was stolen from Oslo's Munch Museum last August, along with his Madonna, the heist left art lovers as anguished as The Scream's subject. After closing for nine months, the museum reopened this summer with tighter security and a stirring new exhibit of works by the tormented Norwegian.

"Munch by Himself" is billed as a survey of the artist's self-portraiture. But whether nailed to a cross in Golgotha (1900) or lying in a pool of blood as the assassinated...

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