The Scream

In 1893, which artist created the famous painting known as The Scream?

And the answer: Edvard Munch.      

Created by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, The Scream is one of the world's most famous paintings. It depicts a human figure on a bridge, with its hands covering its ears and its face skewed into a horrified expression.

Photo credit: public domain. 

Edvard Munch's The Scream holds an immortal place in art history. It has been analyzed, interpreted, reproduced and referenced into oblivion – perhaps only second in its popularity to DaVinci's Mona Lisa.

Munch conceived The Scream as part of an epic series known as the "Frieze of Life." This series attempted to the explore the progression of modern, emotional life through themes of love, anxiety and death. The Scream was singled out as the most powerful composition of this project, and quickly transcended its original context.  

According to Munch, The Scream is capturing a moment that began as a prose poem he wrote in 1892. The moment captures an epiphany Munch experienced while looking over the hills of Oslo, where he describes feeling anxiety emanating from "the scream of nature." In his artistic rendering of the experience, the character featured prominently in the painting is attempting to block out this scream of nature. With this, Munch gives expression to an experience or feeling, thus capturing the message at the heart of the Expressionist art movement. Munch was an artist associated with Symbolism, but was later seen as a precursor to Expressionism.

Learn more about this influential painting here.


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