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1 septiembre 2018 - 17 marzo 2019
A lithographic version of the iconic painting The Scream, painted in 1893 by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944), will be on view in Museum De Reede for six months from September, after which it will travel on to the British Museum in London.
When one thinks of Munch one thinks of The Scream. But where lies the roots of this masterpiece. In Munch’s dairy entry of 1892 we read:
I was walking along the road with two friends-The sun was setting.
The sky turned blood red-And I felt a wave of sadness-I paused tired to death-above the blue-black fjord and city blood and flaming tongues hovered. My friends walked on-I stayed behind-quaking with Angst-I felt the scream in nature.
The ghostly figure with eyes wide open from fear screams and covers both ears so as to block out the terrible noise. Two figures in the distance calmly carry on walking. The piece touches on the existential fear and loneliness of man in a nature which offers no consolation. The curve with sail boats suggests that the scene takes place at Ekebergåsen, near Nordstrand where Munch was living at the time.
MUNCH AND GRAPHIC ART
In 1895, Edvard Munch begins producing his first graphic works. In doing so he mainly revisits the themes of his paintings. Munch is a highly talented draughtsman and quickly becomes a graphic virtuoso. As early as 1895, the French magazine Revue Blanche devotes a long article to Munch’s oeuvre, including in their next publication an image of the lithograph The Scream.
In the opinion of many, the early black and white lithographs, with their powerful expression conveyed in a few simple lines, are of equal worth to his paintings. With numerous variations, not simply copies or reproductions of the paintings, every graphic work can be viewed as an individual masterpiece. Munch produced roughly 800 different etchings, woodcuts and lithographs in both very limited and large editions. In accordance with the spirit of the times, Munch wished for the message of his work to be widely circulated in order to reach as many people as possible.
The Scream is part of Levensfries (the Frieze of Life) series which covers aspects of the human and spiritual life: intense life experiences which the artist experienced and translated into allegorical imaginings about death, love, loneliness, desperation and pain. The Scream, Vampire, Madonna, Ashes and Jealousy form part of the series, editions of which can be viewed in Museum De Reede’s permanent collection.