The mysterious sentence on “The Scream” comes from Edvard Munch himself


Mit Hilfe von Infrarotaufnahmen fand das norwegische Nationalmuseum in Oslo heraus, dass der Satz von Munch persönlich stammt.

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Oslo – A puzzling and barely visible lettering on the original of the masterpiece “©

 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. “©

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

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


 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.


 The  little secret of the “Scream” 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!”

Der für das bloße Auge kaum wahrnehmbare Satz wurde per Bleistift auf die Farbe des Gemäldes geschrieben.

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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 based 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.

„Der Schrei“ – auf Norwegisch „Skrik“ – von Edvard Munch zählt zu den bekanntesten Motiven der Kunstgeschichte.

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 The  Scream” had sparked a lot of criticism and speculation about Munch’s state of mind at the time, which among other things led 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.


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

 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. “©

 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 release. “©

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

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