Halloween is just around the corner and I know what you are all thinking….is anyone going to dress up like “The Scream” painting by Edvard Munch?
First, remember there are 4 versions of this painting (hey, when you have a good idea why let it go?). Second, you should know that the actual title is Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) – aptly named, considering the tortured landscape surrounding the haunted figure. And third, you should know that Munch’s art was NOT appreciated by the Nazi’s, who labeled his work as “degenerate art.” Apparently, they didn’t appreciate his stark and unflinching psychological portraits that peered into men’s souls. When the Germans invaded Norway, Munch lived in constant fear that the Nazi’s would confiscate his artwork. He died 4 years later, aged 80.
So when you go looking online for that “Scream” mask, made so famous thanks to the movie “Scream.” Remember there is a marvelous history behind that costume. Beyond the wailing face, there was a very real painter who worked hard at his craft, seriously contemplated the nature of mankind, and who’s artwork defied the evil of his time.