Munch was most strongly attached to Åsgårdstrand from 1889-1905. He rented at various addresses for the first few years before purchasing the little fisherman’s cabin in 1898 for NOK 900. His stays became more sporadic from 1905 but he continued to pay longer or shorter visits and the house remained in his possession until his death in 1944. The house opened as a museum not long afterwards, in 1947.
Munch was inspired by the landscape at Åsgårdstrand in several of his paintings. His friend Jens Thiis (1870-1942), who later became the director of the National Gallery in Oslo, wrote the following: "As regards his art one can justifiably write not only about an Åsgårdstrand period, as so many of his masterpieces were made there, but also about an Åsgårdstrand line, the sweeping and soft, expressive and colourful line of the beach, which often crops up in his pictures and etchings, as a stylistic common denominator."