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Edvard Munch's "The Scream" - A Description

Updated on May 17, 2011

About Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch was born in Norway in 1863. Right after his graduation in Oslo, Munch enlisted with the Norwegian avant-garde. Munch studied the works of Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Toulese-Lautrec, in an effort to gain some insight into and pressure the establishment more. This was all done, of course, peacefully, with easy recourse as the pen and the paintbrush is always mightier than the sword, especially in the 19th and 20th century. Munch is counted among the foremost pioneers of the new art of painting. This opposite of natural spectatorship and painting, tends to inwardly redress the emotional experience and place that onto the canvas.

"The Scream"

Unfortunately in 1908, Munch suffered a nervous breakdown, after which his portrait paintings forever were changed by this traumatic experience. From this nervous breakdown came one of the most significant works of art, along all lines regardless of secular viewpoints. The Scream is the most important and well known work of art by Edward Munch, and has been the subject of many discussion groups, and continues to this day, to be a point of argument and conjecture. The painting is marvelously done in only a few basic and primal colors. This is unusual for work of this time era as many of the competitive and collaborate artist of Munch, used a multitude, almost a plethora of basic colors and joined- mixed colors, too attempt to recreate, the effect of natural beauty in both nature and portraits. What Munch done is to create a very strong emotional painting and use only a basic set of naturally occurring coloration options. Set near a bridge, and what could have been any number of bridges in Norway or Western Europe, the painting shows a man in terror or at least distress, covering his ears, as two individuals are seen walking away. The clouds and the river make The Scream, very interesting to loom at and think about.

With so much emotional appeal and so much theory about the cause and effect of The Scream, one would be hard-pressed to find another painting that is so intertwined in controversy, and perfection, all at once. The Scream, offers a plethora of emotions, from fear and panic, to excitement, and even rage. In the end only Munch truly knows what The Scream is trying to say, and the story has it that he took that to his grave, in 1944. Edward Munch, and The Scream, is two of the most indelible and penetrating works of art in all of the world’s portrait painting endeavors. Munch created several versions of the screen and also use several different forms of media, as well here it the munch museum presently holds two of the painted versions, and one solitary pastel variation of the screen. The National Gallery of Norway holds the only other painted version, which is the one that most people are most readily familiar with. All in all any version of The Scream, by Edward Munch, is a priceless entity and one that will be argued about, till the end of time.


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      6 years ago

      sup dawg

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      6 years ago

      i don't get it

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      6 years ago

      I'm struggling to understand why this painting is so fascinating. Okay, he used a bunch of colors and and it sparks up some emotion. But for someone to pay 1.3 million for it...

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      6 years ago

      i don't love art but i like good pieces of info so ty.BTW it helped me at my homework.

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      6 years ago

      It helped a lot in my homework!!!thks

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      7 years ago

      useful piece of information, really interesting.Hoever, you might want to check your writing :)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks it hellped a lot with home work

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      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am very new to art, but I remember Munch's "The Scream" from art class when I was a kid. We all tried to copy his portrait on the local bridge and scream!Thank you for the background story of the art.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the info/background about this painting. Not being an art history major, it helps to have such info to decide whether or not I want to get the painintg.


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