The text is barely visible to the naked eye on the top left corner. For a long time it was disputed among experts whether the “inscription” came from Munch himself or whether it was an act of vandalism by an angry beholder. Munch struggled with psychological problems all his life.
Comparison with diary entries
After an analysis of the handwriting and a comparison with diary entries and letters from Munch, the museum came to the conclusion that the text came from the painter himself.
The painting was restored in the run-up to the opening of the new Munch Museum next year.