“The Scream” by Edvard Munch (1895) – Image HERE
Can you believe that “The Scream” sold for 119.9 Million dollars? It’s hard to fathom isn’t it? Here’s a blip from an article in the Detroit Free Press (click for entire article!)
A few blips from the Detroit Free Press article, but I encourage you to read it in it’s entirety, it’s fascinating!
“The Scream” achieved another milestone: It now ranks as the most expensive drawing publicly sold. For this version of “The Scream” — one of four — is best described as a crayon or pastel drawing, not a painting, on board. The Munch Museum in Oslo owns a pastel as well as a painted version, while the National Gallery of Norway holds the earliest painting, dated 1893.
A little about the history of what was happening in Munch’s life… from the same article… (and if this wouldn’t make you scream I fear to know what would!)
The central image is the gaping-mouthed, skull-like face and twisting torso that people know so well from reproductions, cartoons and a seemingly endless stream of merchandise, from shower curtains to neckties. The location depicted is Ekeberg Hill, an overlook point in the south of Oslo that was known as the scene of suicides.
Some read the image as a symbol of modern existentialist anguish, expressing fear of a hostile universe and perhaps even anticipating the horrors of the world wars. Others view it more specifically as an expression of personal suffering.
Munch’s mother died of tuberculosis when he was 5; his sister Sophie died when he was 14; his father died when he was 25, and shortly after that, his sister Laura was institutionalized.
According to Munch’s biographer Sue Prideaux, Laura was committed to an asylum in Ekeberg for schizophrenia, and from the vantage point depicted in the artwork, you could hear the screams from the asylum patients as well as of the animals from a slaughterhouse nearby.
Well, now you know! You probably know a little more than you really wanted to, but those are the facts… catch you back here tomorrow!