Study. Munch died peacefully at the age of 81 in Nazi occupied Norway. He was in constant fear for his art because the Nazis labeled him a degenerate artist. His Nazi-orchestrated funeral left the false impression with Norwegians that he was a Nazi sympathizer. " There should be no more paintings of interiors and people reading and woman knitting. There should be images of living people who breath and feel and suffer and love- I shall paint a number of such pictures - people will understand the holiness of it, and they will take off their hats as if they were in a church."