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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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  • CuresCancer 2012/05/05 00:23:15
    Yes
    CuresCancer
    +1
    It's okay as a cartoon. Otherwise meh.

    It's really not much as far as paintings go. Sure I'd pay $119M...if the M stands for maybe or maybe not.
  • Muriel 2012/05/04 22:56:03
    Yes
    Muriel
    I see chaotic movement and a sincere scream. It moves me.
  • gaylehelen 2012/05/04 22:49:01
    Yes
    gaylehelen
    +2
    I know the name and love the painting. I thought it was stolen so I was surprised to see it go for sale. You really do learn something new everyday.
    I hope a Norwegian still has it.
  • Wahvlvke 2012/05/04 22:21:09 (edited)
    No
    Wahvlvke
    +3
    There is a sucker born every minute.
  • Farbiger 2012/05/04 22:08:14
    Yes
    Farbiger
    +1
    I learned about Munch's (pronounced Moonk) "The Cry"- it's called that in my AP Art History book, but I guess it's either one *shrug*- and I think the work is one of the more amazingly creative and innovative paintings from the 19th century; but on one hand the price is just seems almost crazy high but since it's an auction I can understand why it came to such a price.
  • DebraJMSmith 2012/05/04 20:44:22
    No
    DebraJMSmith
    +2
    How ridiculous!

    hmm... I wonder how much they'd give me for this: :o) ...I call it "The Smile."

    hehe...
  • Lee DebraJM... 2012/05/06 01:06:02 (edited)
    Lee
    You should be paying us to even read your senseless remarks.

    EDIT:

    Ah Debra, you disappoint me.

    You ask a question and then block me?

    In reply to your question . . . No, actually i had a perfectly fine day.

    How was yours?
  • DebraJM... Lee 2012/05/07 02:54:50
    DebraJMSmith
    Having a bad day, Lee?
  • CAPISCE 2012/05/04 20:34:32
    No
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Yes I love it! It reminds me of a picture my son did with finger paints in third grade
  • Angela Chambers 2012/05/04 20:34:15 (edited)
    Yes
    Angela Chambers
    +7
    I adore the painting, but the price is too high, way too high.



    My favorite classic painter would be Salvador Dali, though.


    The Happy Unicorn, 1977

    price high high classic painter salvador dali happy unicorn 1977


    The Enigma of Hitler, 1939

    price high high classic painter salvador dali enigma hitler 1939


    The Burning Giraffe, 1937

    classic painter salvador dali enigma hitler 1939 burning giraffe 1937


    The Disintegration of Persistence of Memory, 1954

    enigma hitler 1939 burning giraffe 1937 disintegration persistence memory 1954


    The Broken Bridge and the Dream, 1945

    giraffe 1937 disintegration persistence memory 1954 broken bridge dream 1945


    Bacchanale, 1939

    disintegration persistence memory 1954 broken bridge dream 1945 bacchanale 1939


    Partial Hallucination. Six apparitions of Lenin on a Grand Piano, 1931

    1945 bacchanale 1939 partial hallucination apparitions lenin grand piano 1931

    Self-Portrait, 1972

    1939 partial hallucination apparitions lenin grand piano 1931 self-portrait 1972
  • Farbiger Angela ... 2012/05/04 22:10:56
    Farbiger
    +2
    Dali was a genius, and shall forever remain one of my favorite artists, right next to Rubens. :D
  • Angela ... Farbiger 2012/05/04 22:20:11
    Angela Chambers
    Awesome!! :D
  • ☠ Live ... Angela ... 2012/05/05 00:58:41
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +1
    Those are incredible!
  • Angela ... ☠ Live ... 2012/05/05 01:28:18
    Angela Chambers
    +2
    Yes, they are. He was an amazing artist.
  • LEFT IS... Angela ... 2012/05/05 05:38:30 (edited)
    LEFT IS NOT RIGHT
    +1
    I agree. Totally original. His work is a combination of whimsy, gore, and a touch of
    M.C. Escher.
  • Werewol... Angela ... 2012/05/05 08:48:41
    Werewolfgirl1995
    Those are really interesting
  • Angela ... Werewol... 2012/05/05 08:58:58 (edited)
    Angela Chambers
    +1
    Yes. They are. My favorite is definately the "The Disintegration of Persistence of Memory."
  • loupgarous 2012/05/04 18:43:42
    Yes
    loupgarous
    +3
    Munch's "The Scream" is one of the most evocative classics in art. I do like it; admittedly, I'm the only one in my household who does. But artistic taste is necessarily individual. I wouldn't pay that much money for it, though, and I suspect Mr. Olsen's desire to share his version with the world is aided by his desire for another wealthy person or a museum to share many millions of dollars with him.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/05/04 18:05:53
    No
    Tennessee3501
    +4
    It reminds me too much of Kanye West after he has just heard that Taylor Swift was given another music award instead of Beyonce!
  • Lisa Tenness... 2012/05/05 14:32:16
    Lisa
    +1
    That's funny !
  • Tenness... Lisa 2012/05/05 18:45:06
    Tennessee3501
    Thank you! Should I audition for "The Tonight Show?"
  • Lisa Tenness... 2012/05/06 04:46:33
    Lisa
    +1
    Maybe , what else do you have?
  • Tenness... Lisa 2012/05/07 00:31:45
    Tennessee3501
    Did you hear the one about the near sighted snake that raped a rope?
  • Lisa Tenness... 2012/05/08 18:42:59
    Lisa
    +1
    lol no !
  • Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/04 17:52:23
    No
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Conveying an emotion or even conjuring an emotion within the viewer is often the point of art, but I don't particularly care to have images around that conjure such unsettling emotions. This image tells me the story of sudden fright and/or despair like a loved one just plunged over the edge of the dock railing.

    Maybe Peter Olsen's energy came from the fact that he knew the artist personally and was inspired by his success. The pure imagery certainly doesn't convey anything even remotely positive or calming to me. You couldn't get me to want to put that on my wall unless you paid me the millions that hoodwinked purchaser let loose of for this painting. I often think appreciation of such subjective material is contagious and not necessarily something we'd have thought on our own had we been rummaging through someone's cellar and found this image without the notoriety.
  • GaolBlaze 2012/05/04 17:38:31
    Yes
    GaolBlaze
    +1
    But it's not worth that much money, though...
  • DavidK 2012/05/04 17:36:38 (edited)
    Yes
    DavidK
    +1
    I'd pay maybe $3 for it and hang it in my grandaughters room. Somebody with a lot of money wanted to prove how easy it is to piss millions away on garbage.
  • I am me 2012/05/04 17:10:21
    Yes
    I am me
    +3
    I've always been drawn to this painting for some reason. I don't know why. It's a shame artists have to die for their work to be worth anything.
  • Joe61 2012/05/04 16:58:29
    No
    Joe61
    +7
    I am not a fan of Munch I think his art uninspiring and juvenile.....But then I am a pre Raphaelite appreciator Pre Raphael art Pre Raphael art
  • Purple ... Joe61 2012/05/04 17:08:42
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Now that is art. :)
  • loupgarous Joe61 2012/05/04 18:47:47
    loupgarous
    +3
    I have to admit for a liking of the pre-Raphaelites, myself. ANY representational art featuring the female form gets my appreciative attention. But it's not "this either/or 'the Scream' " - both have their places.
  • txDON'T... Joe61 2012/05/07 22:01:31
    txDON'TMESSw/GOVRickPerry!
    +1
    Now you're talking ART!
  • Bilingual required sucks 2012/05/04 16:58:08 (edited)
  • sky 2012/05/04 16:57:21
    Yes
    sky
  • turtledove123 2012/05/04 16:54:22
    Yes
    turtledove123
    +1
    Yes, I like the painting, but I would LOVE to have that much money to spend on it!
  • Little Angel 2012/05/04 16:54:01
    No
    Little Angel
    +5
    I like these paintings...
    monet paintngs
    Monet
    thomas kinkade paintings
    Thomas Kinkade
  • turtled... Little ... 2012/05/04 16:55:20
    turtledove123
    +4
    I really love the Thomas Kinkade. I love the way the water is moving in the painting.
  • Little ... turtled... 2012/05/04 16:57:58
    Little Angel
    +1
    I do too. I was sad to learn that he passed away recently.
    A friend of mine has one of his paintings and it is beautiful!
  • Lisa Little ... 2012/05/05 14:58:33 (edited)
    Lisa
    +3
    I loved Kinkade Thomas kinkade famous painting

    Van Gogh
    Van Goghfamous painting

    Picasso
    Picasso famous painting

    Lautrec
    Tourlouse le trek famous painting

    Monet
    Monet famous painting

    Dali
    Dali famous painting
  • Poet003 2012/05/04 16:43:12
    Yes
    Poet003
    "what have they done to the earth.. what have they done to our fair sister ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her.Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn and tied her with fences n dragged her down"Jim Morrison
    Green Glory Gone by Victoria Nicholson
    I dream of Lawrence sunrises and Van Gogh sky
    all the smog n pollution seems evil compared to whats gone by
    Nothing compares to the Green Glory Gone
    Im glad the taste of guacamole lingers on
    I see eyes of a northern orrainbow light
    They fill me with a sad nostalgic bite
    set to C . Samiras Nostaligia work for cello

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