The mysterious inscription in the upper left corner of the painting was made by the artist himself Written in pencil. For a long time it had been assumed that a disgruntled museum visitor could have damaged the 1893 work.
The National Museum / dpa)
The inscription itself, but also the events of 1895, when Munch first showed the painting to the public, all point in this direction.”
The Scream” did not go down well in Norway. Munch had to listen to harsh criticism, and his mental health became a public issue. His diary shows that Munch was deeply affected by the reactions to his art. In fact, the artist, born in 1863, appears to have suffered from depression and anxiety, as did his father and sister.
The subsequent inscription on the painting was therefore probably Edvard Munch’s contribution to the debate among his critics.