Dvart Munch’s Peak Anxiety Scream Painting


The painter Edvart Munch has a series of paintings that the artist called “The Fries of Life,” where they are overshadowed by the themes of life, love, fear, death, and gloom. As with most of his other works, he released more than one copy of the Screamboard. The themes of “The Fries of Life” also overshadowed most of Munch’s other works, such as “The Sick Child,” “Vampire,” “Ash,” and “The Bridge.”

Edvard Munch was born in 1863 in Oslo, Norway, to a family whose members were known for their strong religiosity. His father was an army doctor whose ultra-Orthodox Christianity prompted him to sow in the same little Edvard the seeds of religious anxiety. Munk later wrote in his memoirs: “Angels of fear, regret and death have been telling me since I was born and have never kept chasing me all my life. She stood by my side when I closed my eyes and threatened me with death, hell and eternal curse.”

Edvard was an anxious person and obsessed with rogue obsessions and thoughts. When he was five years old, his mother died of tuberculosis followed by his sister who had not completed her 14th year. When he was 25, his father died and then his other sister went crazy to say goodbye to a mental institution.

He tried to study at the technical institute to graduate as an engineer, but his frequent illness prevented him from continuing, so he dropped out of school and decided to become a painter. In 1881 he joined the Royal Institute of Art and Design, and during his studies there completed his first portrait painting.

After studying in Norway, Mench spent several years traveling between France and Germany, where his art was influenced by new impressionists such as Gauguin and Vincent van Koch, but he was able to develop his own distinctive style that made him one of the peaks of the expressive movement. Most of his paintings revolved around human suffering.


Later, Munch decided to become a painter. He rented a studio in the Bohemian Quarter of Oslo. There he fell under the influence of Hans Geffer, a non-Niguic philosopher who had vowed to push every one of his generation to either disintegration or commit suicide! Munch preferred the first option, immersing in the next ten years in Bohemian life during which he experimented with alcohol, absenth and opyon and knew love, swords, hunger and poverty.

At that time Henrik Absen wrote his famous ghost play in which he mocked the offense, dissolution and disintegration of Norwegian society. But Munch was influenced by the great Russian novelist Dstoevsky. He once told one of his friends: No painters have yet seen who has accessed the musical worlds of the soul, metaphysics and the unconscious like Dostoevsky did in the novel. It was clear that Munk wanted to paint the soul. In 1890, he painted his famous series “The Sual of Life” in which he depicts a typical story of a man and a woman in which they move from love and passion to jealousy and sadness and finally to anxiety and death.

Scream plate:

There are several copies of the scream painting, two of which are kept in the Munk Museum, and the other are kept at the National Gallery of Norway. Munk also invented stone printing in 1895.


The scream painting has been the target of theft several times. On August 22, 2004, four thieves stormed the Munk Museum in Oslo and stole the fourth version of Scream and other works including Munch’s Madonna and three Rembrandt paintings. In September 2006 the Norwegian police successfully recovered the stolen paintings. The same version of the painting was briefly stolen in 1994 and recovered three months later without damage. Both paintings were recovered in 2006. It suffered some damage and was returned for display in May 2008 after undergoing restoration.


The American Street Journal recently revealed that it was American billionaire Leon Black who bought the painting of the late Norwegian artist The Scream, which was sold at auction in New York for $120 million.


The painting symbolizes the peak of anxiety, that is, the final point of soul refraction. In the second version of the painting, which later became very popular and today valued at £40 million, Munch chose to paint a childish-faced person who does not seem to be a man or a woman standing in front of a violently shaking nature staring at the beholder, applying his hands to his skull-like head and opening his mouth with astonish

Edvard Munch wrote in his memoir explaining the circumstances of his painting: I was walking down the road with two friends. And the sun leaned toward sunset when I was overwhelmed by me by melancholy. Suddenly the sky turned red in blood. I stopped and turned my back on the iron bars out of my excessive sense of exhaustion and fatigue. The two friends continued to walk and stood there trembling at the intensity of the fear that I don’t know is causing or where it came from. Suddenly I heard a great cry that resonated long around the place.” Numerous tales have emerged trying to explain what happened to Munch that remarkable night. Some analysts were particularly discontinued by the view of the sky in the painting, saying that an aura or volcanic washing machine may have dyed the sky and clouds scarlet that evening. That scene may have had a dramatic emotional impact on Munch.

“Edvar Munch’s famous cry painting, for example, painted in 1893, was directed to depict that pain of modern life, and has become an icon of human neurosis and fear,” it was said. In the original painting, the red sky creates a total sense of anxiety and fear, and the central character in it is more like the ghostly embodiment of anxiety. Like many other famous paintings, the scream was copied and reproduced in postcards, posters, birthday cards and key chains, and was also used as a connotation frame in a 1996 film called The Scream. The painting was embodied in the masks of some of the characters in the film, where the killer wore a mask inspired by it.


Since its appearance in 1893, the scream board of Edvard Munch has become the subject of poets’ poems and designer epilepsies, although the artist has better paintings, less dark and pessimistic!

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