Edvard Munch – The Scream
One of the most famous paintings known to the world is Edvard Munch’s The Scream. This work of art was first created by Munch in 1893 and was first titled, “The Scream of Nature.” Munch went on to recreate a series of this painting however, using different materials over the next 17 years. In 1895, Munch recreated the painting in lithograph before repainting it again in 1910 with oil and pastels. The work has since found a place in our culture, becoming almost as recognizable to the common person as, perhaps, the Mona Lisa or Starry Night.
The painting is popular because of it’s stark, almost disturbing figure which is standing in the middle of a road, hands clapped to its face, screaming. The sky is a deep red and a body of water is in the background. Munch recorded an incident in his diary in which he was walking with two friends down a path and, as the sun was setting, the sky suddenly turned a blood red and Munch suddenly felt a deep exhaustion, as if he could feel “an infinite scream passing through Nature.” This feeling, captured so acutely, became the painting which is now known as The Scream. This painting helped to usher in works of art which have more Expressionistic backgrounds, capturing the feeling of the moment instead of the sights.Related Post
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