The Scream Edvard Munch 1893 Tempera and Casein on cardboard 91x74cm Munch Museum
The most powerful image created in the Expressionist style must be Munch's startling painting The Scream. The painting perfectly sums up all the horrors that mankind has visited upon himself all throughout our checkered history. The stunning thing about this abrupt, almost brutal work is that it truly stands alone in art. Before Munch, no one in history portrayed human fear and pain outside of specific depictions. Nothing in this landscape is conducive to the sense of horror shown by Munch. Despite that odd sunset, it's not the end of the world, nor the advent of a holocaust, nor the beginning of a disastrous war. Or is it all of these? That's why The Scream works so well.
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