In the painting ‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch whole compositions has been used to express the emotion contained in the idea of a scream. It is aimed to express how a sudden excitement transforms our sense perceptions. The extended perspective, the strident colors, the sweeping movement of the contours in the background, all these characteristics comes together to express the feeling of a scream of anguish. The mode of naturalism has been deliberately rejected to create the mood in painting.
The face of the shouting person is distorted like a caricature-the staring eyes and hollow cheeks resemble a skull symbolizing death. The nature has been distorted as that the result leads away from beauty. There is a scene of sunset behind the shouting person and the clouds are turning into blood red, symbolizing panic and death.
This is a depiction of angst where violently red sunset and inky water are transformed into shocking waves, this painting shows artists concern for human suffering, violence,poverty and passion.
Edward Munch (1863-1944)
He was the greatest Norwegian Painter and was one of the forerunners of expressionism. He got his training from a Design school on Oslo. He spent his formative early days in Germany and France which brought him under the spell of symbolist trends. His paintings and prints depict lonely figures in attitudes of despair. He died in 1944 in Italy leaving about one thousand works in the collection of Oslo Museum.
His masterpieces are: ‘The Dance of life’, ‘The lonely ones’, ‘Anxiety’, ‘Puberty’, ‘Madonna’.