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The Scream For my paper I selected The Scream by Edvard Munch on page 398 Edvard Munch is looked upon as one of the most significant influences on the development of expressionism Edvard Munch was quoted as saying We want more than a mere photograph of nature We do not want to paint pretty pictures to be hung on drawing-room walls We want to create or at least lay the foundations of an art that gives something to humanity An art that arrests and engages An art created of ones innermost heart I believe in The Scream Munch did just as he said The expressionism period was a movement to invoke emotions through art work In The Scream Munch stirs up emotions through his heavy brush work and the use of unnatural colors The use of red orange or warm colors in the sunset seems to make them advance or stand out The thick swirling lines of the sunset and the river create the sanitation of movement Munch relies on atmospheric perspective to create the illusion of depth The warm colors in the sunset stand out while the cool colors of the river seem to go backwards The shapes in The Scream are organic object found in nature but Munch has distorted this objects to echos causes by the sunken head I selected this painting for the fact that it disturbs me and at the same time intrigues me In an interview about the painting Munch said I was walking along the road with two friends- watching the sunset- the sky suddenly turned red as blood- I stopped leant against the fence deadly tired- my friends walked on and I was left trembling with fear- and I could feel an infinite scream passing through the landscape Edvard Munchs emotional unbalance is a great credit to his work In 1908 Munch had a
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