Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream is some of the most reproduced and famous pieces of expressionism art in the world today. Personally, I find it quite unimpressive, but what is the meaning of the painting? The artist writes in his diaries that he struggled with insanity and psychological problems on a personal level during his life. Nothing like that I can brag about ;) However, what makes Munch a different kind of artist is that he shows us a sight of his inner troubles of anxiety through his painting. He is putting more importance on personal meaning than on painting skills, aesthetics, or traditional application of art. That is the official art-history, textbook concept of his artwork. I do not buy it.. not even a little bit. One does not have to be mental or criminal to play one in a horror movie. More importantly, an artist should not ever abandon technical skills in order to make a point. We all feel anxiety, don’t we? But then again only the level of artistic skill separates us apart. And, “Red” does not mean blood, most of the time it is just RED.
All in all that is a brilliant artwork ;) that was sold at Sotheby's auction for a nominal price $119 million. The Scream is parsed for its almost audible sensation… the only one thing that I hear when looking at the picture is “How Much?!”
March 27th, 2014
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