Thursday, May 3, 2012

Famous Painting Sets World Record

The Scream (Norwegian: Skrik) is the name given to each of several versions of a composition, created as both paintings and lithographs by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. The works all show an agonized figure against a red sky. The landscape in the background is the Oslofjord, viewed from Ekeberg, Oslo. One of the paintings of The Scream (pastel, 1895) sold for a record $119,922,500 at Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern art auction on 2 May 2012 to an unspecified buyer.

Edvard Munch created four versions of The Scream in various media. The National Gallery, Oslo, holds one of two painted versions (1893, shown to right). The Munch Museum holds the other painted version (1910, see gallery) and one pastel. The Scream has been the target of several high-profile art thefts. In 1994, the version in the National Gallery was stolen. It was recovered several months later. In 2004, The Scream and Madonna were stolen from the Munch Museum, and recovered two years later.