Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Scientists have solved the mystery of the mysterious inscription on the famous painting


Фото: Annar Bjorgli/The National Musuem

Edward Munch’s painting “The Scream” is on display at the National Gallery of Norway

As it turned out, the pencil inscription in the upper left corner of the painting Creek was left by the artist himself – Edward Munch.

Norwegian scientists have found out who is the author of the mysterious inscription on the famous painting by Edward Munch Creek. This was reported by the Daily Mail.

Specialists from the National Gallery of Norway studied the painting using an infrared scan. As it turned out, the pencil inscription in the upper left corner “kan kun være malet af en gal mand” in Danish, which means “only a madman could draw”, was left by the artist himself.

“This inscription is undoubtedly made by Munch himself. Both its content and the events of 1895, when Munch first demonstrated this painting in Norway, lead in the same direction,” said gallery curator Mai Britt Guleng.

According to the expert, the artist wrote a few words in his painting after a meeting with visitors to the exhibition, in which one of the spectators, medical student Johan Scharffenberg, told him that the work was probably created by a man suffering from mental disorders.

“It was very important for him to take control of how he understood himself and how others understood him. Probably the inscription was a way to show such control, because others called him crazy, but he seemed to say, ‘I can do this to joke, “said May Britt Guleng.

Note that the painting “Scream” was first exhibited in Oslo (formerly called Christiania) in 1893. However, after the first demonstration to the public, the painting provoked sharp criticism and speculation about the mental health of the artist himself.

There are several unique versions of Creek Munch – two paintings, two pastels, several lithographic engravings and several drawings and sketches.

The paintings were probably created in 1893 and 1910.

The pencil inscription is located on the painting of 1893, which was stolen in 1994. The painting was later found intact at a hotel in Asgardstrand and returned to the National Gallery. Ten years later, the 1910 version of The Scream was stolen, but later returned, albeit with severe damage.

As previously reported, a painting by the great Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, a young man with a medallion, was sold at auction in New York for $ 92.2 million.

Banksy’s painting with trolleys from the supermarket sold for almost $ 10 million


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