Edvard Munch. The Scream. 1895; signed 1896
Edvard Munch

The Scream

1895; signed 1896
Not on view
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
composition: 13 15/16 x 10" (35.4 x 25.4 cm); sheet: 20 11/16 x 15 7/8" (52.5 x 40.3 cm)
Credit
Matthew T. Mellon Fund
Object number
19.1960
Copyright
© 2015 The Munch Museum / The Munch-Ellingsen Group / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Drawings and Prints

Handwritten beneath the image of the figure on a bridge is the title of the work in German—"Geschrei"—and, in the lower right-hand corner, the phrase "Ich fühlte das grosse Geschrei durch die Natur" (I felt the great scream in nature). It is a quotation from an autobiographical text Munch had written some years earlier, in which he described an experience he had while walking along the road near his hometown, Kristiania (now Oslo). Munch made about thirty impressions of this print, some on colored paper or hand colored in watercolor, and some without the title and text. Because an image inked on a lithography stone is flipped in the printing process, lithographs based on preexisting images generally reverse the original. In this case, Munch inked the image in reverse so the printed sheet would have a composition identical to that of the painting.

Gallery label from Edvard Munch: The Scream, October 24, 2012–April 29, 2013

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