Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The secret text in the famous painting ‘Scream’ is decrypted


Art researchers have deciphered the text in pencil included in the famous painting “Scream” by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munk, reports “The Independent”.

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The words “It could only be painted by the fool” can be found in the upper left corner of the painting – they are written in pencil and are barely visible. The text, which was discovered as early as the beginning of the 20th century, has been the subject of serious debate in the art world for many years, arguing whether the text was written by Munch himself or by a vandal.

Thanks to new technology, the Norwegian National Museum has repeatedly tested and analyzed the text written on the painting against Munk’s handwriting in letters and diaries. It is concluded that the significant words on the painting were written by Munch himself.

“There is no doubt that it was written by Munka herself,” museum curator Maija Brita Gulenga told the media.

The inscription was probably made in 1895, when the artist first showed this work to a wider audience.

“The message can be read in two ways – it points to vulnerability and also to the fact that Munch was an artist who used to provoke,” says a museum spokeswoman.

As you know, Munch created four versions of “Scream” – two paintings and two works with pastels, as well as a lithograph, from which several copies were made.

When the first version of the painting was shown to a wider audience, it was criticized, and the mental health problems of the painter were already discussed in the public.

It is probable that the artist was hurt by the reaction of the public and the inscription on the painting was made immediately after the first exhibition.

Edward Munch (1863–1944) is a world-famous Norwegian painter and graphic artist, one of the pioneers of Expressionism. “Scream” is Munk’s most famous work. We would like to remind you that this year, in case of favorable epidemiological conditions, it is planned to open the new Munch Museum building in Oslo, which will be located next to the new Oslo Opera House and will feature an ambitious exhibition dedicated to the painter’s life and art.





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