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 Edvard Munch

The Scream is Edvard Munch´s most famous work and one of the most recognizable paintings in all art. It has been widely interpreted as representing the universal anxiety of modern man. Painted with broad bands of garish color and highly simplified forms, and employing a high viewpoint, the agonized figure is reduced to a garbed skull in the throes of an emotional crisis. With this painting, Munch met his stated goal of "the study of the soul, that is to say the study of my own self".

Edvard Munch wrote of how the painting came to be: "I was walking down the road with two friends when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence (Ekeberg), feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous, infinite scream of nature."

In Berlin during the 1890s he executed a series of pictures called "The Frieze of Life", described by himself as "a poem of life, love and death". The "Scream" from this series - with its strong expression of conflict and tension - has become the very symbol of the alienation of modern man.



 Løten
 Munch Museum Born 12. desember 1863 in Løten died 23. januar 1944  Løten
 The Scream The landscape in the background....  Ekeberg
 The Girls on the Bridge Åsgårdstrand is best known as the place where...  Åsgårdstrand
 Munch´s house Edward Munch´s house in Åsgårdstrand...  Åsgårdstrand
 The work Munch many other paintings contain a variety of themes...  Oslo
 Freia chocolate factory Munch occasionally left his home to paint murals on commission.  Oslo
 University Hall Munch ideas during years of work with the decoration...  Oslo
 The Scream Tension builds at Sotheby´s auction house.  New York
 The Scream Google Art Project  Bjørvika
     
 City of Oslo Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Oslo  Videos Oslo