Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream is expected to fetch record sums at auction. Why are such agonised, visceral works of art so highly sought-after?
Under a swirling, blood-red sky, a lone figure on a bridge clasps its head in its hands and cries out in despair.
It’s a tortured, chaotic portrait of hopelessness and anxiety – hardly the kind of sight you might expect to adorn countless mugs, calendars and posters in homes around the world.
And yet somehow The Scream, Edvard Munch’s deeply personal channelling of his own tormented psyche, has become one of modern art’s most familiar images – not to mention the target of several high-profile thefts.
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