“The Scream” is the popular name given to each of the four editions of a composition, created both as two paintings and two as a pastel, by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910.
Essentially, this famous image is autobiographical, an expressional representation based on Munch’s real experience. Specifically, he wrote in his diary: ” 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.”
One painting is in the national gallery in Oslo, while the other two paintings are in the Munch Museum. The fourth edition was auctioned for $120 million in 2012!