Friday, August 29, 2008

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Back in secondary school I got obsessed by the painting 'The Scream' from Edvard Munch. It was the moment in which I discovered that art can have different meanings for different persons.
Most people think that the title of this painting is about the grey coloured person in the middle. This person, standing in an open space is covering his ears and his mouth is opened. It looks like he is screaming. In fact, Munch interpreted his painting in a different way. Namely, the colourful open space around the person is overwhelming him. It seems like the landscape is screaming, which explains why the person is covering his ears. The person doesn’t feel comfortable at all in this space full of light colours and irregular lines.
Art in general can have an unlimited amount of meanings. Everybody can make up his own ideas and fantasies about art, whether the meanings fit together or not, whether it is the meaning of the painter or not.
Let’s just enjoy art by using our own fantasy.

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