Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ is –by far- the most widely recognized icon of human anxiety in the realm of art. The silent scream seems to transcend the frame of the painting and reach out for other souls…or other buyers!
Three versions of The Scream (all by Munch) are owned by Norwegian museums, and the fourth (also his), a work in pastel, will finally be sold at auction in NY according to Sotheby’s officials, who also predict a price well above $ 80 million. This version is very special because it has a poem that Munch inscribed on the frame: He wrote of feeling ‘deathly tired’ and while letting his friends walk on, he ‘remained behind/ shivering with Anxiety — and felt the great Scream in Nature.’
The seller is a Norwegian businessman whose father was a patron of Munch and who justifies the sale on philanthropist grounds, stressing that he wanted to ‘offer the rest of the world a chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work, which is the only version of The Scream not in the collection of a Norwegian museum.’
At $ 80 million, it makes you wonder.