Art Analysis: The Scream By Evard Munch

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This painting is an oil painting by Evard Munch realized in 1893. The artist called it “the scream”. He wrote a note in one of his papers about this work: “I was walking along the road with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted next to the gate - there was blood and tongue of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city - my friends continued walking, and stayed there trembling with anxiety - and I heard an infinite scream tearing the Nature.” (Trende,2012) It is a composition that is in the field of figurative art. It has a vanishing point to the left and a big vertical strip along the painting to the right. We can deduce the meaning of right reading to the left. The viewer is included in the table in front of the central character which gives us the impression of living the scene. In fact, different parts can be distinguished on this painting. First the lower left of the painting. This is what generates the vanishing point through the fence and the ground of the bridge that are painted in a straight line. At the vanishing point we see two figures representing people who seem to get away from the central character (representing the artist after the note associated with the work). We also found in this part reddish color rather dark. Then the sky unlike the…show more content…
Munch once said: “Sickness, insanity and death were the black angels who watched over my cradle and accompanied me all my life.” (Edvard Munch Biography) The repeated bereavements he has known, the diseases that killed off his relatives, the signs of depression he developed since 1891 pushed him to illustrate his tragic sense of life, his anxiety and his obsession with death. Munch also said he wanted to show “creatures that breathe, that feel, that love and suffer.” (Kilian, 1990) In this case, The Scream depicts a character who suffers, anguished by the world around
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