If you know only one work of modern art, it’s probably The Scream. More people know that “Mona Lisa” of modern angst than know the name of the artist that painted it over a century ago—Edvard Munch. From 1893 through 1910, Munch painted multiple versions of The Scream
in several media, the equivalent of releasing your greatest hit on
several albums. No one-hit wonder, however, Munch built a long and
screamingly successful career
that elevated him to the status of national hero in his native Norway.
To mark the sesquicentennial of Munch’s birth this December, Oslo’s Munch Museum launched a massive Munch 150 exhibit, which is accompanied by a brilliantly fresh look in the companion catalog, Edvard Munch: 1863-1944.
As much as we’d like to think we know the “real” Munch, much of that
Munch belongs to the mythology that arose around the mysterious artist,
and much of that Munch mystery marketing
came from the man himself. From this reevaluation, Munch arises from
the mists of his and others making and appears more creative and more
compelling than ever. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Munch at 150: More to Scream About?"
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