Friday, July 01, 2011

Munch's "The Scream" in context

It turns out that the bridge/walkway in "The Scream" takes isn't a random place, but is a popular promenade running alongside Christiania Fjord in what is now Oslo. In act, there's another painting by Munch that shows the exact same scene populated with folks dressed up in evening wear enjoying, just enjoying a night on the town, possibly during the summer "white nights". "The Scream", then, isn't just a person screaming, but a person screaming in a fashionable place, where mainstream society enjoys itself. Obviously, the screamer is not sharing in their enjoyment, and is possibly pointing out suffering in the midst of apparent happiness.

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