Thursday, 3 May 2012

Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944)

At Sotheby's in New York Wednesday, a record amount paid for the painting The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The painting spent nearly $ 120 million, more than 91 million Euro. Last year I posted more work by Munch. I especially like the Madonna, but ofcourse the Scream is most famous. I posted this work on Dec 14, 2011 in this post

Madonna. 1894–95. Oil on canvas. 36 × 28 in.
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

The Norwegian artist Edvard Munch was throughout his life inspired by a tragic childhood: he grew up in a poor family, lost his mother and sister at an early each, suffered a severely depressed father and he himself had poor health. Munch followed sculpture and painting classes and settled in Oslo (then Kristiana), where he joined the artists and student groups 'Kristiana Bohème'. From an impressionistic style quickly developed a more expressionist Munch method. Apart from his childhood experiences of illness and death, sexuality an important theme in his work.

His best-known composition, The Scream, is part of a series The Frieze of Life, in which Munch explored the themes of love, fear, death, melancholia, and anxiety.

In chronological order you see here four screams:

The Scream. 1893. Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard.
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

Edvard Munch - The Scream - 23.5" x 32"
pastel on board 1895

This pastel sold MAY 02, 2012 at Sotheby's for a new world record for any work of art at an auction - $119.9 million.

In blood red paint on the front of the original frame that holds this pastel version of The Scream, Munch wrote the words to his poem that inspired the image:

I was walking along the road with two friends. The Sun was setting — 
The Sky turned a bloody redAnd I felt a whiff of Melancholy — I stood Still, deathly tired — over the blue-blackFjord and City hung Blood and Tongues of Fire 
My Friends walked on — I remained behind— shivering with Anxiety. I felt the great Scream in Nature.

Contrary to what many think is not the person who screams. But the landscape (Nature) screams and the person wants to protect his ears from the noise.

The Scream by artist Edvard Munch. Lithography, 1895. 

The Scream, 1910, Tempera on board. 83.5 x 66 cm
The Munch Museum, Oslo

Other work by Munch:

The Dance of Life. 1899–1900. Oil on canvas, 49½ × 75 in.
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

Death in the Sickroom. c. 1895. Oil on canvas. 59 × 66 in.
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

Vampire. 1893-94. Oil on canvas. Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

Edvard Munch: Melancholy, 1894-1896

Lady From the Sea (detail). 1896. Oil on canvas. 39½ × 126 in. 


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