In a new study, three scientists claim that Edvard Munch’s iconic image was inspired by nacreous clouds, a rare meteorological phenomenon.
The Pursuit of Art, 2016
The first painting I saw in 2016 was “Cockman Always Rises Orange” (2015): we can’t say we weren’t warned.
The Fateful Attraction of Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch
Sometimes an exhibition, propelled by its clarity of purpose and emotional force, will lead you to a point that feels genuinely cathartic. And sometimes an exhibition will hit that mark and then shift into overdrive.
Science Proves a Bird Didn’t Shit on Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”
Rembrandt may have painted with the aid of optics and the Mona Lisa may have had high cholesterol levels, but we can finally put at least one longstanding mystery that has apparently plagued art history to rest: white splatters that grace the canvas of the earliest and most famous of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” paintings are not dried bird droppings.
In Defense of the World’s Ugliest Color, “Opaque Couché”
And the title of “World’s Ugliest Color” goes to: Pantone 448C!
Crimes of the Art
On this week’s art crime blotter: seven Andy Warhol prints went missing from a museum, two men were arrested as authorities recovered a stolen Edvard Munch, and a Russian cultural critic was murdered.
The Met Breuer Traces the Unfinished to the Deliberately Incomplete in Western Art
At a press preview earlier this month, Sheena Wagstaff, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s chairwoman for modern and contemporary art, said that “arguably only the Met” could put on a show like Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.
Modernist Male Art Is Timeless, but Not Timely
PARIS — According to Sigmund Freud, a key that opens a room in a dream is unmistakably phallic.
Clouds Like Blood: How a 19th-Century Volcano Changed the Color of Sunsets
The eruption of Krakatoa on August 26–27, 1883, completely collapsed its Indonesian island, blasting the stratosphere with volcanic dust and sulphur dioxide. It also influenced art.
Free at Last! Munch, Mondrian, and Kandinsky Enter the Public Domain
A new year means new entrants into the public domain for the January 1, 2015, Public Domain Day.
Forensic Astronomer Pinpoints Monet Sunset
An astrophysicist at Texas State University has pinpointed the exact day and time when Monet observed the sunset that became the subject of his painting “The Cliff, Étretat, Sunset.”
Munch: More Than The Scream
OSLO — It’s everywhere in Oslo: greeting you at the airport and hanging in the train station, on billboards and in gift shops. It is perhaps the most famous art image of the twentieth century, and Norway is celebrating what would be the 150th birthday of its creator. Even when Edvard Munch (1863-1944) painted the first version of The Scream in 1893, it was a much-discussed and mysterious image; in 2013, everyone with access to a computer knows it.