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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  • Soundstorm Incognito 2012/05/08 19:37:10
    Could that be.....(gasp!) A missing Rembrandt?!
  • Incognito Soundstorm 2012/05/08 21:09:43
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  • william keegan 2012/05/06 23:49:23
    william keegan
    I guess I'm not imaginative to enjoy this kind of art! I'd rather a good clear photograph any day!
  • Soundstorm william... 2012/05/09 21:20:23
    Same here.

    Puget Sunset and Sand
  • william... Soundstorm 2012/05/10 14:49:08
    william keegan
    Right On!
  • diane RN 2012/05/06 21:51:05
    diane RN
    There is a saying that something is only worth what someone else would pay for it. This is a perfect example of that!
  • kelly 2012/05/06 20:16:59
    Would I pay that much for it is another question
  • belle 2012/05/06 18:10:01
    It is okay, but I like the looks of 119.9 million so much better.
    millions of dollars
  • Soundstorm belle 2012/05/08 19:33:53
    Just wheel it right in. I'll sign for it.
  • belle Soundstorm 2012/05/09 01:01:03
    I think there is enough for both of us.
  • sammanilla 2012/05/06 17:59:05
    It's brilliant, Munch painted four versions of The Scream.

    The one recently auctioned was owned by a family who knew Munch.

    Munch wrote on the frame of this one a poem describing the feelings of the artwork:

    “I was walking along the road with two friends the sun was setting
    the sky turned a bloody red And I felt a whiff of melancholy
    I stood still, deathly tired
    over the blue-black fjord and city hung blood and tongues of fire my friends walked on – I remained behind
    shivering with anxiety
    I felt the great scream in nature – EM”
  • Luxxie 2012/05/06 16:27:48
    There's so much poetry in this painting, it's surreal, like its price.
  • Jim 2012/05/06 15:50:05
    Every time I see it I scream......
  • 10sgirl 2012/05/06 13:35:57
    I don't know why, but I do like it! I freaked when I thought they sold the original because I wanted to see it this summer at the Louve. I'm glad it isn't the oringinal!
  • Rebecca 2012/05/06 12:16:23
    While I loves the colors, it looks like a kid did it.
  • XxxThex... Rebecca 2012/05/06 14:35:50
    ha i'm 15 and i can paint/draw better than that
  • Soundstorm Rebecca 2012/05/08 19:35:10
    Yes, but aren't most artists children at heart?
  • Rebecca Soundstorm 2012/05/08 19:45:00 (edited)
    You got a point there, I hope so...
  • Legendary 63 2012/05/06 10:45:00
    Legendary 63
    For the time when this came, the painting was revolutionary...
  • Playerazzi 2012/05/06 10:34:13
    Alot of this so-called art is waaaay over-rated.
  • txtum#C... Playerazzi 2012/05/07 21:25:05
    My ex, among others, calls it artsy-fartsy!
  • Tim 2012/05/06 10:08:21
    It really portrays a person in abject emotional misery. I'm currently using it as my profile pic.
  • P. Sturm 2012/05/06 10:07:00
    P. Sturm
    It's good work.
    It's a start on the path. But it's also obvious that Edvard Munch hadn't experienced the despair, to the point that when you do scream, it's something torn out of a primitive part of you, that frightens others that hear it, and that point on, that's the only way you can scream, whether in anguish, anger or victory, because your being now has a scar, that won't ever heal.
  • Rave 2012/05/06 08:40:56
    I always found it intriguing, even as a kid, it was one of my favorite pieces because it provoked a fear in me, and not much art really causes me to feel anything.

    intriguing kid pieces provoked fear art feel
  • ticlo7 2012/05/06 08:29:53
    It's been one of my favourites for years! Though, I'm not entirely sure about that price...
  • Karl 2012/05/06 07:41:02
    I love it. And now for some crude humor.
    The scream
  • Stoney 2012/05/06 06:51:56
    always have
  • in vino veritas 2012/05/06 05:44:33
  • Ysggirb 2012/05/06 04:19:03
    No appeal to me at all. I’ve seen birds do a better job on the pavement.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/05/06 04:00:12
    Christopher Kirchen
    It looks like something a twelve year old might do.
  • Vipor_GG Christo... 2012/05/06 23:41:20
    Have seen younger than 12 do better.
  • Revolution 2012 2012/05/06 03:29:26
    Revolution 2012
    I will never understand art.....
  • Ysggirb Revolut... 2012/05/06 04:20:16 (edited)
    As long as you don't have $119 million burning a hole in your pocket, I don't think you have to. HAHA.

    I don’t care for that one: seems contrived/cliché to me. It doesn't interest me in the slightest, and I'm quite a fan of art.
  • Revolut... Ysggirb 2012/05/06 15:00:14
    Revolution 2012
    I can admire other art though, ones that are beautiful, convey a message, have exquiste detail or express some kind of higher meaning. To me, the "Scream" does none of that. Perhaps I am missing something improtant shown in the picture, or why would it sell for 119 MILLION dollars?
  • ☆ QueenAline 2012/05/06 03:10:36
    ☆ QueenAline
    it's creepy
  • txtum#C... ☆ Queen... 2012/05/07 21:28:19
  • ruru 2012/05/06 03:06:02
    Looks like something a kindergartner would paint.
  • Firefly 2012/05/06 02:36:01 (edited)
    It's kinda cool, in a funky sorta way...

    I like this guys' work much better though ~

    Seattle Artist, Ethan Jack Harrington,


    While going to Culinary School in 2005,

    I lived in downtown Seattle, and saw

    this cat standing on the sidewalk,

    outside my apartment building,

    with easel set up, painting,

    ironically, the building I

    lived in... I stopped to

    admire his work, an'

    have since been

    happily hooked

    ;0 )

    This first one is called ' Caviar ', and is my favorite !

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