The Flower of Pain is a perfect example of Munch's spirituality. It portrays a man, stuck in the ground, bleeding from his heart - his escaping blood waters a flourishing flower. Munch felt his personal pain was necessary for his art. For many of us who engage in a creative process. The flower of pain is the ultimate symbol of the artist’s creative force gained through suffering and anguish. This flower is often featured in Munch’s work depicting the inner life of the modern individual. It speaks profoundly to me, especially at the start of this new Celtic Year.