“Kan kun være malet af en gal Mand!” Is written in Norwegian in the upper left corner of the picture. Translated: “Can only have been painted by a madman!”
The Scream”, the famous picture by Edvard Munch. Because of the coloring of the sky, which made the painter shudder. Because of the dating, because of mysterious spots or because of the lettering – how current.
The Norwegian National Museum in Oslo was now known that a barely visible sentence on the picture was written by the artist himself.For years there had been speculations about the origin of the small lettering between the red clouds of sky in the upper left corner of the painting.
The sentence was written in pencil on the color of the painting after Munch had finished the work.
Munch feared for his mental health, as the background of the picture tells us: A bridge, which is actually a path, gives a precarious location. It is the view from a hill in front of Oslo, where not only a slaughterhouse was, but also the psychiatric hospital for women. Munch’s younger sister was interned here.
The mother of tuberculosis when Munch was five. Death and suffering shaped the family – and Munch’s work.
Manuscript and events of the time of origin
The re is no doubt that Munch scribbled on his work himself, says Mai Britt Guleng, who made the inscription more clearly visible with the help of an infrared camera and analyzed the handwriting. Because of the handwriting itself as well as events of the time of its creation, it was said that the inscription came from Munch.
The fearful, even ghostly grimace against the background of a blood-red sky heralded expressionism and, among other things, shaped pop culture. But contemporaries were less friendly. One could no longer regard Munch as a “serious man with a normal brain”, said the critic Henrik Grosch at the time.
Guleng believes that is why he scrawled his “scream” – “as an ironic comment, but at the same time as an expression of his vulnerability.”
The Scream” is one of the most famous motifs in art history. Munch painted a total of four versions of it; besides the original, the later version from 1910 is one of the most famous of these paintings.