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“The Scream” by Edvard Munch

The Scream

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch is the title given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and pastels, by Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. All versions of “The Scream” depicts a figure with an agonised expression on a walkway overlooking the blue water and a tumultuous orange sky dominating the top third of the artwork.

Edvard Munch created the four versions in various media and in 1895, Munch created a lithograph stone of the image. Of the lithograph prints produced by Munch, several copies have survived. He later described his inspiration for the painting:

“One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The colour shrieked. This became The Scream.”

The German title Munch gave these works is Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature). The Scream communicates a definite meaning and a set of feelings immediately upon viewing. Its immediate impact on the viewer has propelled this painting into the popular culture.

“The Scream” has been added to the “Most Popular Paintings” list, based on reader feedback.

The Scream

  • Title:              The Scream
  • Norwegian:    Skrik
  • German:         Der Schrei der Natur
  • Artist:              Edvard Munch
  • Created:          1893
  • Material:         Oil, tempera, pastel and crayon on cardboard
  • Dimensions:   91 cm × 73.5 cm (36 in × 28.9 in)
  • Museum:        National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design – Norway

Norman Lindsay

  • Name:                Edvard Munch
  • Born:                 1863 – Ådalsbruk, Løten, United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway
  • Died:                  1944 (aged 80) – Oslo, Norway
  • Nationality:      Norwegian
  • Movement:       Expressionism, Symbolism
  • Notable Works:
  • Listed in:        “Most Popular Paintings”

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Photo Credit: Edvard Munch [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons