Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Scream

Edvard Munch's painting, The Scream, sold recently for almost $120 million. That raises a number of questions in my mind. First of all, what in the world caused Munch to create such a painting. Fortunately, through the miracle of the Internet, I found the inscription he wrote for the painting:

"I was walking along a path with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city.

My friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety - and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature."


Okay, we've settled that. But on to a second question. What do you think about the painting? Does it reflect the way you feel sometime? If money were no object, would you buy it? If so, where in the world would you put it?

And last question--if money were no object, why in the world would you want it in the first place? Let me hear from you.

7 comments:

Timothy Fish said...

If money were no object, yes, I would buy it. I don't know that I've been in a situation where I felt like screaming, but I've been in plenty where I wished that would help. I think I would hang it right beside the front door, as a reminder that the people on the other side of that door face a lot of the same frustration that I do.

Richard Mabry said...

Timothy, Good point. I'll admit that there have been times in my life (and will be again) when I felt like giving the world 24 hours to get out. Maybe that's what the artist was trying to convey here.

Erica Vetsch said...

I wouldn't want it because it's so unsettling, so disturbing, and so un-hopeful. I might feel like screaming once in a while, but I don't want a constant reminder of that feeling staring me in the face.

Richard Mabry said...

Erica, I'm with you. It's sort of like when I was practicing medicine and was asked if I watched medical dramas on TV. My answer was always, "I get enough of that already." I have to work to avoid screaming at times without the stimulus of the painting.

S. Kim Henson said...

I agree with Erica. It's a dark painting. I like light-hearted and happy. Give me sunflowers over a scream any day.

Richard Mabry said...

Kim, The next time a happy painting sells for over a million dollars, let me know, so I can post about it. Terrible commentary on our society, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by.

Carol J. Garvin said...

No, it's not the kind of subject I would choose, but it conveys its mood very well, doesn't it?

Regarding your response to Kim, the recent sale for $110,000 of a Tom Thomson painting that had originally been found at a garage sale and purchased for $50, has made big news in Canada. (http://bit.ly/L82z8W) It's untitled, but is the kind of landscape I would choose over The Scream anytime.