Have you ever seen painting known as “The Scream”? Do you know who the artist is? What do you think the artist felt during the making of this masterpiece? What do you feel when you look at this piece? Yes i know. That’s a lot of questions. But don’t worry; I’m here to help!
About the Artist
December 12, 1863 – January 23, 1944
I am very sure that you have probably seen his work sometime in your lifetime so far. His artwork is loved by many. Edvard Munch was known as a brilliant artist that was based primarily on expressionism and symbolism. In 1879, he went to college to study engineering, much to his father’s admiration. Munch excelled greatly in math, chemistry, and physics. Soon after, his father felt much dismay that Munch decided to leave college to become a painter. So, bad news towards his family. But, good thing for him and everyone else. I surely hope his family came around and saw the magnificent peices that he created.
Frustrated? Sad? Cheer of excitement? What do you think of when you see The Scream? I like hearing everyone’s answers. That’s the coolest thing. Everyone has their own idea of what was going on in the artist’s mind. But, let’s get down to what Munch was thinking
about during this creation. It all first started….well I let you read the full quotation he wrote about:
“I was walking down the road with two friends when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous, infinite scream of nature.”
Crazy! Anything can happen anywhere. You can’t control your emotions. It does seem like a scary scenario. I understand. What do you think he thought about that made it so strange and scary? Was it just the place in general and also how the sky looked at the exact place? Again, no wrong answers. I love hearing what different opinions could be.
How many types do you think Edvard Munch created with The Scream? Just one? Oh, think again. Three?
Do you give up yet?
Well, here it is folks! The answer is FOUR! Yes, you read that correctly. He painted four different types of The Scream. Crazy, right? Lets go over the four types together.
In 1893, this spectacular artist made a painted peice and also a crayon peice. Then, I guess he got inspired to make more peices out of this one idea. The third peice is from the usages of pastels. And finally, he chose to go with tempura paints as the final rendition of The Scream. Impressive, right? It’s so rare to create many different peices on the same idea to make it extraordinary. Paintings and other artworks usually just have one peice that is extraordinary. But, Munch did it! He’s brilliant!
History buffs like me probably see a mummy-like creature resembling the screamer, without the wrapping of course! interestingly though, Munch could have based the screamer as a Peruvian mummy. Robert Rosenblum (art historian) mentioned that he could have based the screamer on the mummy due to a large resemblance between the two.
Anyone watch the hit British show Doctor Who before? If not, then go watch it! I love it. It’s amazing!!! OK, back on topic, kind of. Well, the executive producer of the show once stated that terrifying creatures were based off of The Scream. Yeah…I must rewatch! It was apparently when our beloved Doctor was up against the The Silence, which were universe destroying aliens.
Finally! This next idea took me forever to figure out. It truly bugged me since I could not whatsoever figure it out. Well, did you know that the Wes Craven’s hit film was also inspired by this magnificient artwork? Does the Scream Killer seem familiar to you now? Crazy! I guess Hollywood finds themselves to be very inspired into famous things. Well done.
Mind blown yet?
OK, I’ll give your mind a break for now. Let me know what you think!