The Scream is an archetypal painting of modern anxiety. Painted in the late 19th Century it captures the coming horror of the 20th Century. It seems very post-modern somehow to have this painting stolen in the 21st Century. What two centuries ago was prophetic and the last century became banal is now the source of some thug’s income. Such is the way of the world. But I still remain in hope that there is a better way. There is an answer to the scream — perhaps it was a cosmic birth pain.
Scream — Edvard Munch
I was walking along the road with two friends.
The sun was setting.
I felt a breath of melancholy —
Suddenly the sky turned blood red.
I stopped, and leaned against the railing,
Looking out across the flaming clouds that
hung like blood and a sword over the
blue-black fjord and town.
My friends walked on – I stood there,
trembling with fear.
And I sensed a great, infinite scream pass
Edward Munch Norwegian painter, 1863-1944
Diary, 22 Jan. 1892. This experience inspired Munch to create his painting The Scream