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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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  • Pinball Wizard 2012/05/06 01:39:19
    No
    Pinball Wizard
    +1
    I think the painter could have made it look more realistic. The man leaning on the rail of the dock doesn't seem to be alarmed.
  • Lee Pinball... 2012/05/06 02:16:06
    Lee
    +1
    Its been suggested that the scream is internal.

    That's why the people in the background are not alarmed.
  • Lee 2012/05/06 00:57:02 (edited)
    Yes
    Lee
    +3
    I've always loved the art of Munch.

    I like his prints (woodcuts, linotypes etc) better than i like his paintings.

    Over twenty years ago, I bought a book of his prints, and I found them to be powerful images.

    And yes, I'm glad to see Munch is getting the recognition he deserves..

    paintings years book prints powerful images glad munch recognition deserves
  • ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪ 2012/05/06 00:45:39 (edited)
    No
    ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪
    +2
    I creeps me out...
    It's nice but when I saw it the first time I really did scream a little on the inside.
  • S.Lewis 2012/05/05 23:44:50
    No
    S.Lewis
    +3
    My 3 year old nephew could have done a better job. What idiot paid $119 million for this??? Some people don't have anything better to do with their money. SMH!
  • Lee S.Lewis 2012/05/06 00:59:55 (edited)
    Lee
    Let me guess.

    You are a Republican . . Right?

    A self-described Conservative?

    That explains your lack of insight and humanity . . . and your incredibly poor judgement.

    Of course you dislike Munch's art.

    It couldn't be any other way.
  • S.Lewis Lee 2012/05/06 04:01:25
    S.Lewis
    +1
    You're wrong on all counts. I just think it's ugly.
  • txDON'T... S.Lewis 2012/05/07 21:33:26
    txDON'TMESSw/GOVRickPerry!
    So do I S. Lewis.
  • MayaAng... S.Lewis 2012/05/06 03:25:39
    MayaAngelou0524
    Well you have to think about it this way... I do believe that Munch was an impressionist. Maybe he meant for it to... make an impression? I've always thought that the people in the background are CHASING the guy up front, although from reading some of the other comments, I think I may be wrong. But if you think of it that way, imagine yourself as the screamer and the guys in the background are every single one of your troubles chasing you. Isn't that how you feel in those situations? Is it still so dumb?
  • S.Lewis MayaAng... 2012/05/06 04:00:01
    S.Lewis
    +1
    Well, when you put in that way..... But I still don't believe it's worth $119M.
  • MayaAng... S.Lewis 2012/05/06 04:01:52
    MayaAngelou0524
    Fair enough :). I think the price really just comes from the age and the fact that the artist is so famous :).
  • Wilde~MoonChild ™ 2012/05/05 21:48:49
    Yes
    Wilde~MoonChild ™
    +2
    I have this painting...obviously not the original... I love it!
  • harasnicole 2012/05/05 21:47:06
    Yes
    harasnicole
    It's a famous painting. I can see how it'd sell for millions.
  • lauren dull 2012/05/05 21:26:41
    Yes
    lauren dull
    +1
    Always have, and sometimes feel like it also.
  • rustyshackelford 2012/05/05 19:55:03
  • Rubyking 2012/05/05 19:20:28
    No
    Rubyking
    +3
    what's so appealing?
  • ALL_BAND_FAN 2012/05/05 19:17:50
  • paul 2012/05/05 18:51:05
    No
    paul
    +1
    This is one of those things you'd see leaning up against a trash can at the Swap-Meet.....
    I can imagine myself at 12 years old trying to sell this thing door to door......


    crappy art
  • S.Lewis paul 2012/05/05 23:46:59
    S.Lewis
    +2
    Hilarious picture. Can't stop laughing.
  • paul S.Lewis 2012/05/06 15:55:34 (edited)
    paul
    Thought the same thing........ man laughing
  • Bubba d'Rosa 2012/05/05 14:44:41
    No
    Bubba d'Rosa
    +3
    Looks like something a second grader could draw! Maybe he was smoking to much pot at the time.
  • baboula Bubba d... 2012/05/05 18:02:18
    baboula
    +2
    ever been to a funhouse?
  • Eccles 2012/05/05 14:32:18
    No
    Eccles
    +2
    Not my bag at all and the next time I hear some stuffed shirt talking about what it means I am going to scream.
  • S.Lewis Eccles 2012/05/05 23:48:00
    S.Lewis
    +2
    You are sooo right!
  • Lisa 2012/05/05 14:29:24 (edited)
    Yes
    Lisa
    +2
    Yes, it evokes a lot of interpretations, therefore it is great art. Art that makes you think or wonder or feel something is what art is all about!

    I try to appreciate all works of art.as an amateur painter myself, I realize how hard it is to paint a face, a meadow or do an abstract painting. I am sure none of my paintings will ever be worth 119 million, I can only hope that my kids keep them as memories of me!

    I see the Scream painting as a message from the painters soul. Perhaps a bad dream , a fear of something or a way to convey fear. I think it is provoking and conjures up so many thoughts. I loved Kinkade and sorry he died so young recently , he was a grand painter, Monet , Picasso and Van Gogh are my other favorites.

    Basically I would never trash anyone's art form of self expression because it reveals something of that person, whether you like it or not. It is called Art Appreciation , I took it in college!
  • JackoClubs 2012/05/05 12:55:24 (edited)
    No
    JackoClubs
    +3
    Impressionism and Surrealism are schools that let low-talents like Edvard Munch dupe people in thinking they were masters. "The Scream" looks like it was painted by a 4th grader.
    It's said that "art is in the eye of thebeholder". To me, "art" is con artistry. But, I guess someone beheld $119 mil worth of "art" in this piece of crap.
  • baboula JackoClubs 2012/05/05 18:01:49
    baboula
    +1
    as opposed the great artists such as Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollack. Warhol used negatives and Pollack is good only for papering the basement. I admit I prefer Da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo and the like and they were good for their time just like Monet, Manet and Munch were good for theirs. The reason "The Scream" looks like it is painted by a 4th grader is because it represents the distortion of time and space.
  • Maurice... JackoClubs 2012/05/06 10:49:19
    Maurice Tillman
    +1
    Though the painting requires little "talent", it's about the essence of how the painter felt at the moment...That's the point of art; not photorealism.
  • David (oYo) 2012/05/05 09:34:00
  • Werewolfgirl1995 2012/05/05 08:43:46 (edited)
    No
    Werewolfgirl1995
    +2
    I find it very creepy.I don't really know many paintings but I always thought that one with the melting clocks is interesting but I don't remember what it is called
  • Ysggirb Werewol... 2012/05/06 04:10:03
    Ysggirb
    +2
    Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory ...that's the melting clock painting. You're right; it's fascinating. I can study it for a long time. I can't give The Scream more than a passing glance. I don't understand the intrigue with that one. Take care.
  • Werewol... Ysggirb 2012/05/06 20:54:35
    Werewolfgirl1995
    Thank you
  • Jay0Byrd 2012/05/05 06:34:36
    No
    Jay0Byrd
    +2
    Not at all, I wouldn't give ya` 119-cents for the damn` thing, my kid at age 7- did better with his 64-Pc. Crayola set and some typing paper
  • XSummerX Tokio Hotel Freak(= 2012/05/05 04:28:43
    No
    XSummerX Tokio Hotel Freak(=
    +1
    Not really. I just don't see the meaning.
  • Kibelle 2012/05/05 03:48:15
    Yes
    Kibelle
    +1
    ...but not the price. Way too high.
  • Lisa 2012/05/05 02:18:43
    No
    Lisa
    +2
    Hell, I could probably come up with something like that. LOL
  • Shrinking Violet 2012/05/05 02:07:46 (edited)
    No
    Shrinking Violet
    +2
    it creeped me out when i was a little kid. but if you took the screaming skull out of it, the swirling background is rather pleasant. i much prefer van gogh.
  • LEFT IS NOT RIGHT 2012/05/05 01:50:21 (edited)
    No
    LEFT IS NOT RIGHT
    +6
    "The Scream" - also known as - "4 More Years of Obama?...EEEEEEK!"
  • txDON'T... LEFT IS... 2012/05/07 21:51:25
    txDON'TMESSw/GOVRickPerry!
    Very good LINR!!!
  • LEFT IS... txDON'T... 2012/05/08 00:31:11
    LEFT IS NOT RIGHT
    +1
    Thank you!

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