The Scream is a famous painting that was produced by the painter in various different forms. There are two official versions that were painted and another two produced in pastel. The artist also created a lithograph version of the painting. In the late 20th century The Scream became an iconic image in popular culture, but it gained even more attention when the original versions became the target of two high profile art thefts in 1994 and 2004. Both of the stolen versions of the painting were eventually recovered and put back on public display. If you want to know who painted this iconic image, keep reading to find out.
Who painted The Scream?
The Scream was painted by the famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. His original version was created in 1893 and his last version of the painting was completed in 1910. He got inspiration for the painting while walking with two friends as the sun was setting. There have been many interpretations of the picture and subject. It is often interpreted as the anxiety of the modern man in the middle of a crisis. As for the strange character in the picture, it is believed to be a mummy.
Did you know?
Two of Edvard Munch’s paintings, The Scream and Madonna, were stolen in 2004 in broad daylight. Amazingly, a member of the public captured a photo of the robbery in progress.
Edvard Munch’s sister Laura Catherine was in a mental hospital during the time that he painted The Scream. The location of the painting has been identified as being very close to this hospital.