“Painted by a madman”: The mysterious sentence on “The Scream” comes from Edvard Munch himself

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“Could only have been painted by a madman!” – How this sentence came to Edvard Munch’s work «

 The  Scream» has long been discussed in the art world. A museum in Norway is now making it clear: © www.de24.news

 The  scribble comes from Munch himself.

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The painting

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 The  Scream” by the Norwegian painter Edvard Much is world famous.

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The artist, who belongs to the symbolism style, painted four

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 The  artist, who belongs to the symbolism style, painted four “scream” versions, besides the original from 1893, the later version from 1910 is one of the most famous of them.

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Using infrared images, it could be seen that the scribble was left by Munch himself.

Using infrared images, it could be seen that the scribble was left by Munch himself.

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  • A mystery surrounding Edvard Munch’s work “© www.de24.news

     The  Scream” was revealed.

  • On the painting there was a lettering whose author was unknown.

  • Now it is clear: the painter himself left it.

A puzzling and barely visible lettering on the original of the masterpiece “© www.de24.news

 The  Scream” was written on the oil painting by Edvard Munch himself. With the help of infrared images, the Norwegian National Museum in Oslo found out that the sentence came from Munch himself. “© www.de24.news

 The re is no doubt that the inscription is Munch’s own,” said curator Mai Britt Guleng on Monday. © www.de24.news

 The  handwriting itself and the events of the time of its creation underpin this statement. “Art secret solved”, the “New York Times” ruled.

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 The  Scream” – in Norwegian “Skrik” – is one of the most famous motifs in art history. It has become a timeless expression of human fear and even a template for various emojis on smartphones that are supposed to express fear. Munch painted four “Schrei” versions, besides the original from 1893, the later version from 1910 is one of the most famous of them.

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 The  little secret of the “Schrei” original can be found in the reddish sky in the upper left corner of the painting. “Kan kun være malet af en gal Mand!” Is written there in Norwegian. Translated this means: “Can only have been painted by a madman!”

Matched with Munch’s handwriting samples

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 The  sentence, barely noticeable to the naked eye, was written in pencil on the color of the painting after Munch had finished it. How the note got there has been speculated for some time. One theory was that an indignant bystander had once written the sentence in the sky of the “Scream” original. Others speculated that the tiny lettering, first discovered in 1904, came from the painter himself.

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 The  Norwegian art experts can now confirm this theory. On the one hand, thanks to the infrared images, they were able to compare the handwriting with notes and letters from Munch; on the other hand, they base their findings on an event in 1895, when Munch first showed the work in his home town of Oslo, which was then still called Kristiania.

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 The  Scream” had triggered a lot of criticism and speculation about Munch’s state of mind at the time, which led, among other things, to a young medical student named Johan Scharffenberg referring to Munch’s works at a discussion evening as evidence that the artist was not quite in his right mind. This hurt Munch very much, as he wrote in letters and diary entries, according to the museum. Both his father and sister suffered from depression, and Munch himself was hospitalized in 1908 after a nervous breakdown.

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 The  student’s judgment is said to be behind the mysterious sentence on the masterpiece. © www.de24.news

 The  museum believes it is likely that Munch immortalized his words on the work shortly afterwards, or maybe later.

What was it all about in the end? That’s in the eye of the beholder. “© www.de24.news

 The  inscription can be read as an ironic comment, but at the same time as an expression of the artist’s vulnerability”, curator Guleng was quoted in a museum announcement. “© www.de24.news

 The  fact that he wrote on the finished painting shows that creating has been a continuous process for Munch.”

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