The Scream – a masterpiece from Edvard Munch is to be sold by Sotheby’s later this year for an expected $80 million or more. The painting is one of the four versions painted by the artist and the only one that is still in private hands. The painting also has the distinction of being the only one whose frame was hand-painted by the artist to include his poem detailing the work’s inspiration.
The painting was created in 1895 and depicts a man holding his head and screaming under a blood red sky. The artist explains in his poem that he was shivering with anxiety while painting this piece of art after he felt the great scream in nature.
Proceeds from the painting will go toward the establishment of a new museum, art center and hotel in Hvitsten, Norway. The current owner – Petter Olsen’s father was a friend and patron of Edvard Munch which explains how this painting came to be in his possession.
The other three versions of ‘The Scream’ are displayed in museums . It is being hoped that the new owner does not deprive the world from the beauty of this ‘scream’ given that it is the most colorful and vibrant of the four.
Public money ought to be touched with the most scrupulous conscientiousness of honour. It is not the produce of riches only, but of the hard earnings of labor and povertyy. It is drawn even from the bitterness of want and misery. Not a beggar passes, or perishes in the streets, whose mite is not in that mass. —