The Scream, 1895
September 18, 2012, source: The Museum of Modern Art
This version of "The Scream" is the only one remaining in private hands, and was sold for a world auction record $120 million at Sotheby's in May 2012. "The Scream" is being lent by its new owner, and will be on view at MoMA through April 29, 2013.
“As an iconic image, The Scream has garnered worldwide attention for its stark portrayal of the human condition,” said Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art. “For the Museum’s visitors, this will be a rare opportunity to see this extraordinary work of art.”
A haunting rendition of a hairless figure on a bridge under a yellow-orange sky, The Scream has captured the popular imagination since the time of its making. The image was originally conceived by Munch as part of the epic "Frieze of Life" series, which explored the progression of modern life by focusing on the themes of love, angst, and death. Especially concerned with the expressive representation of emotions and personal relationships, Munch was associated with the international development of Symbolism during the 1890s and recognized as a precursor of twentieth-century Expressionism.