Scream sells for a Screaming…$120m (74M)

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Scream sells for a Screaming…$120m (74M)

News: Scream sells for a Screaming…$120m

Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch’s The Scream has become the most expensive artwork sold at auction, after it fetched $119.9m (£74m).

The unmistakeable versions of theme of the Scream, pastel work was Auction at evening sale in New York.  The opening offer was at 40 million and the price kept going up on until sold to a unnamed buyer.

It is one of the most influential and most widely parodied and pastiched paintings ever created. Its creator, the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is generally thought of as one of the most intensely serious of artists. But when it came to understanding the commercial potential of what he had created, he was no fool. Munch created four versions of ‘The Scream’, one of which, a pastel from 1895, went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York last night, selling for $119.9m (£73.9m), becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

Created between 1893 and 1910, the various versions of ‘The Scream’ belong to the period in art that is most appealing in art to a general audience today, the era of the Impressionists.



The Scream (NorwegianSkrik) is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings andpastels, by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) is the title Munch gave to these works, all of which show a figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous red sky. The landscape in the background is the Oslofjord, viewed from Ekeberg, Oslo, Norway.

Edvard Munch created the four versions in various media. The National Gallery, Oslo, holds one of two painted versions (1893, shown at right). The Munch Museum holds the other painted version (1910, see gallery) and a pastel version from 1893.

The fourth version (pastel, 1895) sold for $119,922,500 at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art auction on 2 May 2012 to financier Leon Black, the highest nominal price paid for a painting at auction.(The Card Players by Paul Cézanne was sold privately in 2011 for between $250 and 300 million.)

Also in 1895, Munch created a lithograph stone of the image. Of the lithograph prints produced by Munch, several examples survive.Only approximately four dozen prints were made before the original stone was resurfaced by the printer in Munch’s absence.

The Scream has been the target of several high-profile art thefts. In 1994, the version in the National Gallery was stolen. It was recovered several months later. In 2004, both The Scream and Madonna were stolen from the Munch Museum, and recovered two years later. Read more at Wikipedia

Pastel Art

Pastel Medium: Pastels are sticks of colour bound with gum or resin – have existed in their modern for over 200 years.  They come ready mixed in a range of colours of tints and shades and are applied directly, usually to mid-toned paper.  Hatching (parallel lines), as on the back of the central dancer above, is one way of creating tome in this versatile medium.  Colours can also be blended or layered. More information on pastel art can be found at: Wikipedia Pastel . They are quick and easy to use and good pastels blend beautifully and are rich in colours. This is a good make which I have used: Rembrandt Soft Pastel I can recommend.

Another pastel site is: Pastel News 

Extracts from the Telegraph By  7:58AM BST 03 May 201

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