The curious inscription has puzzled art historians for decades, some of whom speculated it was an act of vandalism.
Scientists say “The Scream” is fading due to human breath. With museums around the world closed, the painting is getting some much needed social distance.
In a new study, three scientists claim that Edvard Munch’s iconic image was inspired by nacreous clouds, a rare meteorological phenomenon.
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.
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.
Romanian artist Sebastian Cosor creates a very personal animated vision of the world inhabited by Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” (1893–1910) and sets it all to the soundtrack of Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig in the Sky” (1973).
Smartphone pics aren’t the only source of social media buzz circulating around Edvard Munch’s “The Scream, currently at MoMA. The chatter on Twitter is pretty funny, intriguing, and sometimes revealing, even if some of it is not directly related (but funny nonetheless).
With one version of Munch’s renowned The Scream series on display at MoMA, New Yorkers and tourist are mimicking the bald figure’s extreme expression much the way tourists to Oslo have long been doing — though some aren’t very successful at it. Some people may think it’s tacky, I think it’s a scream.