The Scream” was written by the artist himself on the world-famous masterpiece. This is the conclusion the Norwegian National Museum in Oslo has come to after new investigations, after years of speculation about the origin of the small lettering on the oil painting.
The sentence barely noticeable to the naked eye was written in pencil on the color of the painting after Munch had finished the work.
The origin of the sentence has long been puzzled. In preparation for the installation of the work in the new National Museum, which is due to open in Oslo in 2022, the original from 1893 was thoroughly examined. Both the manuscript itself and events from the time of its creation left no doubt that the inscription came from Munch, the National Museum said on Monday.