Essay on Edvard Munch

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Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch is looked upon as one of the most significant influences on the development
of expressionism. Edvard Munch was quoted as saying "We want more than a mere photograph
of nature. We do not want to paint pretty pictures to be hung on drawing-room walls. We
want to create, or at least lay the foundations of, an art that gives something to
humanity. An art that arrests and engages. An art created of one's innermost heart." I
believe in The Scream Munch did just as he said.


The expressionism period was a movement to invoke emotions through art work. In The Scream
Munch stirs up emotions through his heavy brush work and the use of unnatural colors. The
use of red orange or warm colors in the sunset seems to make them advance or stand out.
The thick swirling lines of the sunset and the river create the sanitation of movement.
Munch relies on atmospheric perspective to create the illusion of depth. The warm colors
in the sunset stand out while the cool colors of the river seem to go backwards. The
shapes in The Scream are organic, object found in nature, but Munch has distorted this
objects to echos causes by the sunken head.


I selected this painting for the fact that it disturbs me and at the same time intrigues
me. In an interview about the painting Munch said " I was walking along the road with two
friends- watching the sunset- the sky suddenly turned red as blood- I stopped, leant
against the fence, deadly tired- my friends walked on and I was left, trembling with fear-
and I could feel an infinite scream passing through the landscape."


Edvard Munch's emotional unbalance is a great credit to his work. In 1908, Munch had a
nervous breakdown, a culmination of his anxiety and fears going all the way back to his
childhood. During the years pervious to this he had experienced some of the most extreme
emotions humans can. At age 5, his mother died and at 14 , his favorite sister, Sophie
dies as well. Tuberculosis entered his childhood bring him horrid visions of death, pain,
paranoia, and despair.


It was with these emotions Munch eventually, in 1893, brought to the canvas of The Scream.
He tried to create the all encompassing emotion of total complete undeniable despair. When
all hope is gone; when death is eventual; when the world seems to be completely aganist
you and there is nothing you can do about any of it. The Scream displays the despair of
life as he had experienced one day while walking with his friends. As he has written
himself "I was walking along the road with two friends. The sun set. I felt a tinge of
melancholy. Suddenly the sky became a bloody red. I stopped, leaned aganist the railing,
dead tired, and I looked at the flaming clouds that hung like blood and a sword over the
blue-black fjord and the city. My friends walked on. I stood there, trembling with fright.
And I felt a loud, unending scream piercing nature."
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