This discovery will scare the art lovers all over again.
Edward Munk’s “The Scream” – an 1893 expressionist painting so famous that it has its own emoji – contains a disturbing hidden message that art historians have now determined the artist himself wrote.
The pencil inscription reads: “Can only be painted by a lunatic,” infrared scans have shown.
And although historians have long known the phrase, hidden among the small and distorted brushstrokes that make up the Howling figure, there is some speculation that it was painted by an observer and not a Norwegian artist.
My Brit Gülengh curator of the old masters and curator of modern paintings at Norway’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design said that this mystery can now be solved.
Gülen and his staff discovered success after comparing the handwriting in the Norwegian artist’s diaries and inscriptions of letters.
“Writing is without a doubt Munch’s own,” he told BBC
. “The handwriting itself, as well as the events in 1895, when the painting was first shown in Norway, all point in the same direction.”
The phrase’s mysterious origins help complete a tragic picture: Chew made the painting, which has now become a universal symbol of mortal anxiety, just as her sister Laura was committed to an asylum with bipolar disorder.
Although the figure of screaming does not look like that, It is believed that it is affected Through his experience of seeing a blood red sky after being dropped by two companions seen in the background. At that moment, he was struck by a “gust of sadness”, According to his diary.
After Mook unveiled the painting, the responses focused on the mental health of himself rather than the painting.
Experts said that it is for this reason that Munk wrote a “crazy” inscription after struggling with several critical reviews at the time. In 1908, he suffered a mental breakdown.
“It’s a combination of being ironic, but at the same time showing your vulnerability,” Gülen Told the guardian. “He is really taking it very seriously and he is hurt because his family has a history of illness, and he was very concerned, but he marked himself by it.”