The Scream What You Need To Know Roundup And Comment
The Scream, One Hundred and Nineteen Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars plus fees and commissions, that’s what an unknown buyer paid for a pastel drawing, originally One of a set of Four copies and originally titled Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) by the Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch. The iconic image had been kept in storage vaults at the Washington National Museum for over Seventeen Years with very few people ever knowing it was there, it was after all one of the Worlds most stolen paintings so I am sure, all but the very chosen, were in the know.One of those certainly in the know was its owner, the Oslo businessman Petter Olsen, he had inherited the piece from his shipping magnate father and friend of Munch who had been given several pieces of Munch’s work at the outbreak of the Second World War because Munch knew that Hitler would destroy the works if he got his hands upon them. Hitler was not an admirer of the Expressionist movement and he particularly hated the work of Munch., so out of the country they went for safe keeping. Fast forward Seventy years or so and the 1895 copy, believed to be done for a German Coffee magnate turns up with an auction estimate of Eighty Million at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York.
The following is a compilation of the best of the web on the subject of “The Scream”….
By Colin Moynihan
It took 12 nail-biting minutes and five eager bidders for Edvard Munch’s famed 1895 pastel of “The Scream” to sell for $119.9 million, becoming the world’s most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction. The Scream – Read More…
There are four versions of “The Scream” by Edvard Munch as well as a lithograph. Two versions were painted and two were done in pastel all between the years of 1893 to 1910. Two of the paintings and one pastel drawing are owned by Norwegian museums.
Recently the only version in private hands came up for auction at Sotheby’s. There are several detail that make this version very appealing to collectors. According to Sotheby’s it is the most colorful of all created. And as importantly, it is the only version that is preserved in its original frame. This frame, designed by Munch, has on it a poem he wrote about the experience which gave him the idea for the image The Scream – Read More …
With the spring auction season about to move into high gear, everyone’s talking about The Scream, one of four versions Edvard Munch made of the now-iconic image. It comes up for sale on Wednesday night, and like others I did a double-take when I first learned of Sotheby’s titanic estimate — $80 million, the highest presale number Sotheby’s has ever set. (It didn’t even bother with “Estimate on Request,” its normal but unfortunate practice for such high estimates.)
Edvard Munch, Art Histories Great Expressionist
Edvard Munch was an expressionist painter and print maker from Oslo Norway. He was regarded as the pioneer of the amazing Expressionist movement. His art work from the late 1800′s is the most well known, but his later work is gradually attracting more attention and is a worldwide inspiration. The Scream – Read More…
The Ultimate Authority History and Comment
Edvard Munch (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈmʉŋk], 12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. One of his most well-known works is The Scream of 1893. The Scream – Read More…
And Finally, Kings Galleries “The Scream” Short Comment..
Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” creations have become, since the end of the Fifties, massively overblown in iconic status within western advanced societies, why is this? I believe that we as society have become much more self obsessed and made aware of our own neuroses. Life has become more complicated, but our fears are no longer about early death from conflict, or lack of nutrition, factors over which we had little personal control, our fears are all internal and “The Scream” has been so often used in articles, films and other popular forms of entertainment and culture to illustrate this neurotic condition that it has moved into the mass common imagination, the zeitgeist of the Twenty first Century, now this, and I am not one of them, makes it valuable, in some peoples opinions.