The Scream – Edvard Munch

The Scream - Edvard Munch



The Scream is the name of four paintings and a lithograph by Edvard Munch from 1893. The original version of the scream from 1893 hangs in the National Art Museum (Nasjonalgalleriet) in Oslo. It is considered the most moving painting by Munch. It expresses the spiritual suffering and the emotional harassment that the painter has felt during certain periods of his life. Munch was a precursor of expressionism, a style that wanted to express emotions. The Scream is a psychic self-portrait by Edvard Munch. It is a painting based on its own traumatic experience.

One evening Edvard Munch walked back to the city of Oslo with friends. They stopped on a bridge. As his friends walked on, Edvard stopped, seized by the landscape and the sky with the setting sun. He heard and felt the landscape around him scream. He felt powerless and depressed. This event impressed him so much that he later recorded this event on canvas.

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