Sunday, August 4, 2013


Blue Pen on Scrap Paper / 2013
While on a phone call a couple of days ago, I threw some quick gestural lines down on a piece of scrap paper which looked oddly familiar to me.  Twenty minutes later, I had a dOOdle based on Edvard Munch's The Scream!  This imagery of the agonized face with hands clapped aside it was something the Norwegian artist himself revisited to create multiple works of art of during his career.  Munch created 4 versions of The Scream of Nature (Der Schei der Natur which has been shortened over the years to simply "The Scream.")

Oil, Tempera and Pastel on Cardboard / 1893 / Edvard Munch
Lithograph / 1895 / Edvard Munch

Pastel on Cardboard / 1895 / Edvard Munch
Tempera on Cardboard / 1910 / Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch also rendered his inspiration for this famous painting into a poem during his life...

I was walking along the road with two friends
the sun was setting
suddenly the sky turned blood red
I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence
there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue
black fjord and the city
my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety
and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature

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