“The Scream”: Mystery of the mysterious sentence on Munch’s painting solved

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Updated February 22, 2021 at 5:32 p.m.

  • For decades, art experts puzzled as to where the writing on Edvard Munch’s world-famous painting “ The  Scream” came from.
  • A modern research method leads behind the secret – in connection with the story of the defamation of the artist.

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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” already judged.

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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.

Edvard Munch wrote: “Can only have been painted by a madman”

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 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!” © www.de24.news

 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.

Doubts about Munch’s state of mind had dire consequences for his family

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 The  Scream” had sparked 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 an evening discussion as evidence that the artist was not quite sane. 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.

Edvard Munch wrote his sentence on the finished painting

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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 The  world-famous picture “© www.de24.news

 The  Scream” symbolizes the existential fear and despair of people in modern times. Two versions of the picture were stolen from museums in the past, but were later found again. (dpa / AFP / hau)





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