Most humans on planet Earth are familiar with the famous painting The Scream by Edvard Munch. The artist produced 4 versions of this painting between 1893 and 1910. One of those versions is a black and white lithograph.
Now let’s pretend that this is a museum, I will open the door for you and tadaaaa! Here we have the 4 stunning versions of The Scream:
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↑The first version was created in 1893. It is done in oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard.
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↑Executed in 1895 in pastel on cardboard, this version was sold for more than US$120 million in 2012, thereby making it the most expensive painting sold at auction.
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↑Munch translated The Scream into a lithograph in 1895. I love the raw quality of this black and white version.
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↑Executed in 1910 in tempera on cardboard, this version was stolen from the Munch Museum in 2004, and recovered in 2007.
Munch couldn’t imagine that The Scream was going to be appropriated, re-invented, stolen, parodied, celebrated and sold for millions of dollars many years after his death. But sometimes art has a life of its own. Now let’s take a look at what different creative people have done inspired by The Scream.
↑The Scream by Cathy Cole
↑The Scream as a lamp. One of a kind piece spotted by Peter Nolan Smith in Luxembourg.
The ad agency Ogilvy & Mather re-created Edvard Munch’s painting using thousands of color pencils. This beautiful piece was used to promote Faber-Castell’s top-of-the-line range of Artist Color Pencils.
↑The Scream of Superman via Kevin Cheuk
↑Photo by Maximiliano Duron. Original image HERE
The MoMA commissioned this pumpkin in 2012 to promote its showing of The Scream. If you are in NYC don’t miss the opportunity to see the original pastel version of Munch’s painting. It will be on display until April 29 of 2013
↑Fabric book page by Ati
↑Textile work found HERE (I couldn’t find any information about the artist)
↑This textile was created by The Materialistics – a group of British textile artists. Image via Textile Arts Resource Guide.
↑The Scream in cross-stitch from Etsy
↑The Scream” Trash Art by Bernard Pras
↑Sculpture in olive wood by Eric Kempson
↑The Scream Inflatable doll from www.lazyboneuk.com
↑ From the project 31 days of creativity with food by Hong Yi
↑A bacon version of The Scream via www.st-eutychus.com
↑ The Scream dress made made by Deconstructress.
↑Papercut by Elsa Mora (that’s me :))
↑Cardboard sculpture by Mark Langan
↑Street graffiti art of The Scream on the side of a building where Edvard Munch used to live. Via www.globalpost.com
↑As you can see in this example, even nature has created a version of The Scream. (Found on Etsy )
Buts let’s see another way in which nature and art got connected through Munch’s iconic painting. I want to introduce you to a thoughtful project called THE SCREAM FROM NATURE , founded by the Norwegian artist Lise Wulff.
To understand this project we need to know how Munch described his inspiration for The Scream. Here is what he wrote in his diary on January 22, 1892:
“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.
The Scream represents not only universal feelings such as fear of dying, desperation, anticipation of disasters…but in a more contemporary way of looking at the artwork, it also represents the state in which our blue planet is now. We have done serious of damage to planet Earth, some of it is not reversible but there is a lot that we can all do to make of our common home a better one for our children and the children of our children in the future. I was excited to see how Lise Wulff was able to find a way to inspire people to take environmental action through creativity. Art has many functions, in this case its role is to raise consciousness about the relationship between humans and nature.
My children and I felt compelled to create our own Scream From Nature in our backyard. We found a small wild flower in the grass and decided to create our scream around it.
To learn more about The Scream from Nature project visit the website HERE. And HERE is the Facebook page. I specially recommend this project to art teachers and parents with young children. But this is a project for anyone who lives on Planet Earth.
I hope that you enjoyed exploring The Scream with me. Have a wonderful weekend!
PS. I am excited because on Monday I will share the results of our Children’s Art Contest with you! See you on Monday!