The Scream of Nature

'The Scream,' 1893

Everyone knows Edvard Munch’s 1893 work The Scream (there are actually several versions of the piece), but did you know that an earlier title for it was The Scream of Nature? The image becomes twice as disturbing when you hear the artist’s inspiration.

Here is Munch’s description of the moment that inspired him: “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.”

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