Munch himself is said to be the author
New studies now point in a different direction. According to the curators of the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, the message comes from the painter Edvard Munch himself.
The painting from 1893 is owned by the museum.
The re is no longer any doubt.” First the New York Times reported on it.
“Remarkably little attention received”
The scribble was first mentioned in 1904 – eleven years after the picture was completed. At that time it was believed that a visitor had written the message on the picture. But one was not sure. “Given that this is such an important work in the history of international art, the inscription has received remarkably little attention,” says Guleng. Until now.
The painting has now become a symbol of fear and the “Mona Lisa” of modern art.
The scientists compared the lettering with Munch’s handwriting. Especially the spelling of the N and D were unmistakable.
Munch himself feared a hereditary disease in the family
Munch probably wrote the message on the painting during an exhibition by an art dealer in Oslo in 1895. At that time, the painting was presented to a wider public for the first time – and did not exactly receive praise.
The director of the Norwegian Art Museum at the time wrote in a letter that the picture showed that Munch could no longer be taken for a serious man with a normal brain.
The student is said to have said that Munch is abnormal. Munch, who was probably present at the discussion himself, is said to have been deeply hurt by it and to have talked about it years later.
“Munch was concerned that there might be a hereditary disease in his family,” said Guleng. “Both his father and grandfather suffered from what was then known as melancholy. His sister had to be treated in a psychiatric hospital. ”According to Guleng, the inscription could have been the reaction to what was said. With this sentence, Munch may have tried ironically to regain control over his painting.