The Scream of Nature was painted by Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch. In fact, he created four different versions of this painting between 1893 and 1920. In one of his diaries, the artist described the inspiration for the agonizing image of his work, which later he turned into a poem.
“I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature”. Source: Wikipedia.
Art critics agree that Munch was not interested in reproducing pieces of reality in his paintings. Instead, he wanted to portray situations filled with emotional and expressive content. That’s why in The Scream the artist carefully combined all the details to create a tense atmosphere and depict a state of mind rather than an external reality.
Would you like to see one version of this amazing painting? Just click herePicture by Joel Ormsby. Creative Commons Public Licence.
Exercise: Read the text and decide if these sentences are true or false.
1) Edvard Munch was born in the Netherlands.
2) The artist got the inspiration from a poem to paint The Scream.
3) The situation described in one of the painter’s diaries took place at sunrise.
4) Edvard Munch didn’t want to show scenes from real life in his works of art.
5) In The Scream, the artist was interested in portraying inner thoughts and feelings.
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