|The Scream, 1895, Edvard Munch.|
Actually, it's not a painting in oils, but done in pastels.
|Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, 1932,|
Pablo Picasso, the second most
expensive painting ever.
What is it about Munch and his screaming image that so resonates with art buyers and art thieves alike? I've previously written on Munch (12-23-10) so there's no need to go into a long dissertation as to his lifetime and career. Suffice to say the man was no stranger to death and various emotional disorders. Today's critics cite the paintings as icons of our modern day, high-anxiety, high-stress human existence. Be that as it may, they certainly are icons, probably one of the most satirized works of art today, right up there with the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. (Why do we pick on Leonardo so much?)
|The Scream, 1895, Edvard Munch. |
The other three versions. Compare them with the one at top.