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The Scream painted by Edvard Munch in 1893


The scream painted by Edvard Munch in 1893

The Scream painted by Edvard Munch in 1893 depicts a man who appears to be screaming on a bridge at sunset. The man isn’t actually screaming and isn’t a picture of Munch, its actually a passerby covering his ears to block out Munch’s screams of a panic attack because of the sunset.

Munch was born in 1863 and died in 1944. Munch is a Norwegian artist who is most know who his scream painting. His childhood was overshadowed by illness, bereavement and dread of inheriting a mental condition that ran in the family.

The original scream is made with oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard; there were three other versions made 1 with tempera and the other two with pastels; This shows Munch’s interest in different techniques. All but one pastel painting resides in the National Gallery of Art in Olso; The 1 pastel painting is in a private collection.

As of now the original scream painting is worth $199,922,500, the previously most expensive painting was Pablo Picasso’s painting “Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust,” which brought in $106.5 million.