Anxiety is Munch's second most famous painting within his collection, (his first being The Scream). Munch closely repeats many elements of The Scream in this painting. The same jetty that accommodated a single alienated personage appears again, as do the lake in the distance, the two boats, the church, and other structures that line the shore just a little less dimly than before. The are all quoted from the earlier work, as are the gloomy hues and the intense swirls of concentrically enlarging lines that define and ultimately embrace land, sea, and sky. If, however, The Scream deals with the horror experienced in total isolation by a single being, Anxiety plays upon collective despair. The sentiment of angst in this work is even more sustained, if less piercing, than in The Scream, since its desperation is here born by a group rather than by an isolated individual.