The Rediscovered Self-Portraiture of Edvard Munch (NSFW)

Artists like to experiment. Painters from the earlier century were all wonder-eyed with the advent of the camera. Photography is experimentation for them, and so does for The Scream" painter.

One would be surprised as to how photography somehow influenced the Expressionist painter's most famous series. It all began when Munch decided to buy a Kodak Bull's Eye No. 2, and his theme was to capture the fleeting and hidden elements of life. Aged at 40, he shot environments, people, and more importantly, the enigma himself. He studied the psychic state and mental turmoil of one's struggle for clarity. Blurred photographs gave him the idea of everything all in flux.

And by the day of 22nd January 1892 Munch wrote about The Scream and his inspiration for it:

“One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became ‘The Scream’’.”

Images are from Flashbak.

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