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Police recover The Scream
01/09/2006 09:17 GMT

Posted by Martin

Norwegian police have announced the recovery of Edvard Munch paintings stolen in 2004, including The Scream. They have declined to describe any of the circumstances leading to the return. News of the painting's theft featured in The Wall of Lies 90.

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This must be the first painting that I ever responded to in a personal way. I was only young but I think that, as for anyone else, it became iconic in that it depicted frustration/annoyance/anger/sheer rage/desperation/helplessness/ineptitude/impotency/madness instilled in the person as a result of societys` failings;....etc,...etc,....etc,... In short, I really loved that image. Question is ?....... Since the image has been captured so many times, do we really need the original ? Do the direction of brushstrokes really matter ? Munch sought to give us the image as the best way to express himself. I really do not think that he would have been in the least bit perturbed that the original had gone astray so long as the message/image itself had been heeded. But What do I know?,,,,,,,,,,,,
terry

terry
  

date: 05/09/2006 10:52 GMT
That's an interesting question, and goes to the heart of what art is. In a very real sence it's a hundred year old piece of cardboard defaced with tempera paints. There's three more versions of it on cardboard, one of which has a draft of the image on its reverse, and a lithiograph--and that's only the ones made by Munch himself! As a footnote it's only just been agreed this year exactly what the background is; a path overlooking the asylym where his sister was being treated for manic depression.
Martin

Martin  

date: 05/09/2006 17:59 GMT
your depth of knowledge continues to impress ! I was vaguely aware of preliminary studies ( though the style of the painting wouldn`t suggest any preliminary work - perhaps that is where the true art of the piece lies; it appears to be spontaneous and amateur in its` execution ) but I had no idea it was on cardboard or that there was a lithograph of it. And as for the background (in both senses) I had absolutely no idea. It still, to me, looks like a constrained path that the artist must walk despite the damage to his sensibilities. A nightmarish vision of being subjugated to the needs and conventions of the many while the few are dispensable. And I think that is another reason why I have always been drawn towards sci-fi: It can illustrate that other paths may be possible and even desirable when compared with the comfortable strait-jacket (sic) of the wider community. But again, that`s philosophy; a subject I never studied!
terry

terry
  

date: 11/09/2006 10:47 GMT
The practice Scream is the only thing that's obsure out of that; and I know that because the detective who recovered the one stolen in 1994 noted it. That was notable becuase he was undercover as a buyer, and they showed him something which looked like a child's copy of the painting! It's been thought the path was a road or a pier; it fits the hill overlooking the asylum perfectly.
Martin

Martin  

date: 12/09/2006 02:19 GMT
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