KIEV. February 22. UNN. Edward Munch’s painting “The Scream”, which became a key expressionist image, has acquired a new meaning, writes UNN for information from The Guardian.
For centuries, it was believed that this painting embodied the cry of a critic offended by the “abnormality” of the art of Norwegian painter Edward Munch. However, experts who analyzed the picture noticed a tiny inscription on the picture “I could only write crazy.” A discussion arose between them as to who wrote it. Some believed that it was done by a visitor to the museum, others that it was done, after all, by Munch. The discussion lasted more than a century.
After numerous studies on this issue, the Munch Museum specialist, My Britt Guleng, assured that the artist himself wrote this inscription in pencil on his painting.
“It’s a combination of irony, but also a demonstration of his vulnerability. He actually takes it very seriously, and it hurts because his family has a history of hereditary diseases, he was very worried and showed that it affected him,” Guleng said.
It is known that the artist had mental problems, was treated for nervous breakdowns.
An infrared scan of the first painted version of the painting was performed to make sure that the words “just crazy” were written by Edward Munch. As a result, they found a coincidence in the handwriting on the work of art and on the documents written by the painter.
Thus, “Scream” is a direct reflection of the mental state and experiences of the Norwegian artist.
By the way
In 1994, “Scream” was abducted from the Norwegian Art Museum. The painting was returned as a result of a special operation by British police.
Ukraine has completed the transfer to France of Paul Signac’s painting “Port La Rochelle”, which was stolen from the Nancy Museum a few years ago.
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