EDVARD MUNCH, THE SCREAM 1893 ? 1910?,
Oil and tempera on cardboard
While this oppressive vision had its source in the artist’s actual experience watching a sunset, The Scream has become an icon of a universal metaphysical anguish. The contrast between the yellow sky streaked with ‘blood red’ bands and the cold tonality of the fjord and the figures create a nightmarish atmosphere. Emblematic of a radically new esthetic centered on moving beyond naturalism, The Scream marked a complete disruption in the history of modern art.
Løten 12 December 1863 – outskirts of Oslo 23 January 1944