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In the paintings The Scream by Edvard Munch and The Gleaners by Jean-Francios Millet there are two very different living situations for the people depicted in the works The women in The Gleaners find themselves in a very poor living situation They are in the process of cleaning the fields of any grain left from the harvest In contrast the women in The Scream is not suffering physical hardship but her emotions are running wild There are thirty eight years between these two paintings and the changes in the human condition are evident both in the physical and mental states of the women in these two works The Gleaners 1857 is a painting about real life in a natural environment Its precise detail soft colors and smooth brush strokes leave a viewer with a feeling of serenity It seems from this painting that even though these strong and tired figures have a tough life they are content with what they have This is a soothing work that shows people at peace with their surroundings In contrast The Scream 1895 shows a frail woman in a populated environment She is standing on what is a seemingly endless bridge and is frozen in terror for a reason unknown to the viewer Her self absorption is such that the people around her seemingly dont exist The blood red and sky and vibrant yellows add feeling and depth to this highly emotional work It is as though this woman has lost all sense of her surroundings and is completely overcome by this horrible affliction As a result this painting is anything but soothing In these two works the subjects differ both physically and mentally The women of Millets painting are the proverbial strong silent type and the woman in Munchs painting is frail and emotional A viewer can almost hear her scream Rather than the acceptance for her environment that Millets women have she is in
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