Critical Analysis On The Scream By Edvard Munch

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Critical Analysis on The Scream by Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch was born on December 12 1863 in Loten Norway. He moved
to Christiana, and spent most of his childhood there. Both his mother
and his oldest sister suffered from tuberculosis and died before he
reached the age of 14. At 18 he became more serious about his art and
started attending art school. Edvard finally found a release for the
pain he felt from his sister’s death. In 1886 he painted “The Sick
Child”. The painting was so emotionally charged that it received a lot
of criticism from the press and the public. However some of his artist
colleagues began to recognize his talent. The same year another
tragedy struck. His father died in November. Edvard received some
scholarships that allowed him to spend the next few years in Paris.
Although he would return to Norway during the summer, his style was
that of a French Impressionist. In 1892 Munch submitted a series of
paintings into a major Berlin art show. His exhibit was titled “The
Frieze of Life”. This show caused an even larger uproar than his
previous work. Edvard became a celebrity overnight and he painted such
paintings as “the sick child” “the scream” and “vampire”, which showed
his true emotion feelings. Edvard Munch had been through a lot of
trauma, hurt and heartbreak in his life and his art work and painting
helped him to expressive his feelings. I am going to be analysing and
studing the Painting “The Scream”.

Edvard Munch was an Impressionist painter. Expressionism is movement
in the arts during the early part of the 20th century that emphasized
subjective expression of the artist's inner experiences. This may be
why Edvard Munch had such a talent for this type of art as he had been
through so much in his life, and wanted to express his emotion.
Expressionism is not an art that is based on reality of something but
more on the emotion of the thing. E.g. there is a painting of a man
sitting on a chair. But in Expressionist painting the colours, emotion
and shapes would show the mans emotions to show a completely different
picture and story. This is why Expressionist art is so unique and
distinctive as it can tell a whole different story, and show so may
different deep emotions and feelings in one painting. Expressionism is
one of the most popular types of art in the later 19th and the 20th
centuries. It shows an individual, impulsive, self-expressionate piece
of art.

Edvard Munch used a range of expressive colours like Reds, dark blues,
and oranges. The sky is filled with fiery reds and oranges. This could
represent the anger, frustration in the artist life. The ocean is
filled with cold blues and greens. This could symbolise depression
despair and misery in Edvard Munch’s life. There is also a whirlpool
in the middle of the ocean. Where there looks like...

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