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Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' Goes for $119M: Do You Like the Painting?

News 2012/05/03 13:00:00
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You might not know Edvard Munch by name, but there's a good chance you've seen his masterpiece, "The Scream," somewhere before. The 1890s oil-and-pastel is one of the most iconic paintings in the art world, right up there with Picasso's "Guernica", Van Gogh's "Starry Night," and da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." After sitting in the hands of Norwegian billionaire Petter Olsen for his entire life, the 1895 version of the painting sold to an unknown buyer for a record-breaking $119.9 million at an auction.

We say the 1895 "version" because, believe it or not, it isn't the only original. Olsen's 1895 pastel-only version is one of four. There were two done in oil, one in pastel (Olsen's), and one in egg tempera. They were all completed between the years 1893 and 1910. According to The Daily Mail, Olsen's father was a friend and patron of Munch's, and presumably bought the original from the painter himself.

Of the pastel, Olsen said, "I have lived with this work all of my life, and its power and energy have only increased with time. Now however, I feel the moment has come to offer the rest of the world a chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work." He put it up for auction with Sotheby's in New York, and started the bidding at $40 million. The final price beat Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," which sold for $106.5 million in 2010, but Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" would still hold the record if adjusted for inflation.

Of course, art is always somewhat subjective -- in the eye of the beholder, as they say. Most of us couldn't imagine being able to afford an art classic like "The Scream" but... Do you even like it? Let us know! And while you're at it, throw up some pictures of your favorite pieces of art. We'd love to see them!


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  • VERYwis... Grabitz 2012/05/03 20:25:07
    VERYwiseguy
    +2
    Forgot what? ;)
  • Grabitz VERYwis... 2012/05/03 20:30:16
    Grabitz
    +1
    Ummmm ! you know .
  • Grammar... VERYwis... 2012/05/03 20:37:43
    Grammar Freak
    +2
    Sometimes I wonder about SodaHead though. I proofread my posts pretty thoroughly before I hit Submit & when I read them again to respond to someone else's reply, I find all kinds of errors that I'm sure weren't there when I wrote them.
    Maybe it's me, but sometimes I'm pretty sure SH has some sort of glitch.
  • VERYwis... Grammar... 2012/05/03 20:45:44
    VERYwiseguy
    +2
    No it's me I don't type and my typing one hand my thoughts can't keep up.But I did learn on SH you can't put more than sometimes 3 words in a row with comma's it cuts off words after.Lets test it. Test,I've,Always,loved,when,I...
  • VERYwis... VERYwis... 2012/05/03 20:46:25
    VERYwiseguy
    +1
    See it left out 4 words. ;)
  • Grammar... VERYwis... 2012/05/04 16:55:16
    Grammar Freak
    +1
    Interesting.
    I always wondered why I can't see the end of many of the posts on this forum.
    Thanks for that.

    Another thing I don't care for is the fact that you have to hit "enter" several times to get the window to open far enough to see what you're typing once it wraps to the next line. That drives me nuts... but it's a short trip anyway.
    ;-)
  • VERYwis... Grammar... 2012/05/05 03:30:17
    VERYwiseguy
    +1
    I didn't know that? That drives me crazy not knowing by seeing what I'm typing.Wow thanx!
  • Grabitz VERYwis... 2012/05/03 18:51:09
    Grabitz
    +3
    Rob is to harsh of a word and land you in jail . Lets call it an investment like wall street does .
  • VERYwis... Grabitz 2012/05/03 18:59:47
    VERYwiseguy
    +2
    Okay borrow indefinitely.
  • Flamingolady 2012/05/03 18:22:54
    No
    Flamingolady
    +1
    If I had $119 M dollars, it would NOT go for this ugly painting.
  • TheNightFly 2012/05/03 18:21:46
    No
    TheNightFly
    It's ugly.
  • D'eath 2012/05/03 18:21:27
    No
    D'eath
    Emperor’s clothes.
  • Grammar... D'eath 2012/05/03 20:39:11
    Grammar Freak
    +1
    I like the piece you use as your avatar.
  • D'eath Grammar... 2012/05/04 15:58:27
    D'eath
    +1
    Thank you Grammar Freak, it is kind of you to say so :)
  • John Freeman 2012/05/03 18:18:43
  • Bett17 John Fr... 2012/05/03 20:07:34
    Bett17
    +1
    This is the best version so far! :)
  • tooserv John Fr... 2012/05/04 02:58:08
    tooserv
    +1
    That's funny, LOL.
  • John Fr... tooserv 2012/05/04 23:43:34
    John Freeman
    Thanks!
  • it'sme 2012/05/03 18:15:04
    No
    it'sme
    +1
    Looks like he ran out of paint and used crayons, while he was high on Heroin. I can't believe anyone would pay more then $5 for that, let alone millions. I will sell the purchaser my collection of my childrens art for pennies on the dollar and they would look better hanging on his/her wall.
  • Inquisi... it'sme 2012/05/03 20:11:52
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    If your children understand and use lines as well as he did, I'd buy their art!
  • CODE 11 2012/05/03 17:55:07
    No
    CODE 11
    +1
    It looks like something my 5 year old did.
  • chgo 2012/05/03 17:53:12
    Yes
    chgo
    +2
    I bet was a Wall Street elite who bought that.


    Tax Wall Street!
  • Katie 2012/05/03 17:53:07
    Yes
    Katie
    +2
    I think it's very interesting. But it's crazy to pay that amount of money for it!
  • RoxiLuvs 2012/05/03 17:48:39
    No
    RoxiLuvs
    +2
    It always scared me as a kid
  • Gregaj7 2012/05/03 17:45:08
    No
    Gregaj7
    +1
    Clearly, someone did.
  • Raymond Allamby 2012/05/03 17:40:46
    Yes
    Raymond Allamby
    +3
    i like it, because it reminds me of me. i get just like that, whenever i see any of those lunatic birther posts.
  • MBSVirginia BN-2 2012/05/03 17:33:19
    Yes
    MBSVirginia BN-2
    +3
    I absolutely LOVE the painting. It speaks to me on many levels. Would anyone hear this scream in such a desolate place?
  • davyd god loving patriot 2012/05/03 17:26:36
    Yes
    davyd god loving patriot
    +2
    reminds me of the movie Home Alone or when nobama won the lottery in 08
  • Mike 2012/05/03 17:20:28
    No
    Mike
    +1
    looks like a kid painted it
  • shenendoah 2012/05/03 17:17:34
    No
    shenendoah
    +1
    That's a fool and his money parted. It's butt ugly but when some people see a dog turd on a bicycle seat as art what can you say. Some folks must have dropped a lot of acid and are still tripping to see this as anything but the work of an untalented three year old.
  • jackie shenendoah 2012/05/03 18:06:37
    jackie
    +2
    the quote the artist, he said when he was at that bridge he had a vision and the sky turned blood red-- etc.
  • shenendoah jackie 2012/05/03 18:53:14
    shenendoah
    +2
    I guess being an old country girl prevents me from seeing the magic of insanity. Thank God.
  • Vieuphoria 2012/05/03 17:16:13
    Yes
    Vieuphoria
    +2
    I love it. It's an incredible piece. So haunting. Wouldn't pay that much for it though :P
  • Anonymouse ~superdoge~ 2012/05/03 17:15:17
    No
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    +2
    Not my style.
  • wilsonmja 2012/05/03 17:12:08
    Yes
    wilsonmja
    +2
    One o my favorites:
  • Tomus Megalomania 2012/05/03 17:09:16
    Yes
    Tomus Megalomania
    +2
    A precocious masterpiece.
  • kofp 2012/05/03 17:07:09 (edited)
    Yes
    kofp
    +8
    I'm surprised many people don't like this picture. It is a very powerful, intense and psychically charged piece. Sure we see this picture a bit too much but even still it's quite something to ponder. It's like something to see in a foggy, eerie, frightful, transient and prophetic dream. It's truly brilliant! Mind overload as I see and understand it.
  • MBSVirg... kofp 2012/05/03 17:34:29
    MBSVirginia BN-2
    +2
    I agree 100%!!
  • flaca BN-0 kofp 2012/05/03 18:28:38
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    You need to be an art critic. You are adept at it. And it's true what you say, familiarity breeds contempt: or at least seeing something so often desensitizes you to how good it really is.
    Kind of like Beatles songs: you've heard them so often you're sick of them and the true greatness of many of them is obscured.
  • kofp flaca BN-0 2012/05/04 21:00:56
    kofp
    Thank you for the compliments! Very kind of you. I was an art major in school. Unfortunately, money and agendas are what is behind things that become famous and things that get ignored in the mainstream (that are usually even better). People who get famous in the arts and entertainment most often sell their souls to the Illuminati and therefore the devil. The only time this changes is when the artist spills the beans and then suddenly becomes highly irrelevant: Look what happened to Billy Joel when he dissed Bill Clinton. His career at that point nosedived. Does anybody remember that? The Zionists and Hollywood are the power brokers in everything including the arts.

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