A Hard Scream to swallow

This gallery is focused on the work of the late Edvard Munch. It takes a closer look at Munch's use of contrast to create depth and visually engaging images in his paintings. Munch was able to capture not just your eye, but also your heart through his dramatic use of contrasting colors and bold strokes.

In this self portrait, Munch stands nude with a dark shadowy figure behind him, possibly his own shadow. He uses a warm color palette with no discernible background to depict that he is in hell. You can see the strong contrast used to bring Munch's body to the foreground. He is lit up in bright yellow, with some white. Behind him is black. Green is used in the shadows on his face and behind him to contrast with the red (green's opposite) and yellow in the painting.
This painting features a woman who looks distraught and a man with his head down in his hands, looking possibly ashamed. The two appear to be in a forest but with possibly a bed of sorts behind them. The woman is in white, with a red undergarment. The man is in all black. Again we see Munch's contrast of red and green in this painting. The woman's hair is red, orange, and brown with the red undergarment. The man is in all black, with a green shadow on his face. The ground in the background is also a reddish brown, and the trees a bright green. So in this painting again we see things lit up with yellow highlights and green shadows. What's also striking in this painting is the pure white in the woman's dress, which contrasts with the man's black attire. The two people appear to be quite in contrast with one another, but the woman's hair is bridging the gap, reaching out to the man.
This drypoint piece features a figure, likely a man given the hat, sitting by the window looking out. The room is dark, but light is coming in through the window thanks to the moon. This piece features more traditional contrast, black shading for shadows and bright white for light. We can see that what is closest to us is darkest here because the light is in the background. We can only see what is in the room as a silhouette because of the shadow cast by the moon coming through the window.
In this piece, we see two figures stand on what appears to be a shoreline. There is a woman in a white dress, and a man in all dark clothing. Both figures have their backs to us, but the man has one leg outstretched and seems to be facing the woman, slightly. This piece features pure white for the highlights and is mostly made up of blue and possibly black or a very dark blue, save for part of the woman. The woman is wearing all white. Her dress has blue shading on the side of the man, and yellow on the other side. Her hair is a very bright red-orange. She is the only object to have such contrast and dimension. The man, the water, and the shore are all solid colors with white lines for minimal detail. This serves to isolate the woman, while the man blends in with the shore entirely.
His most famous piece, this painting features a man screaming with two figures in the background. The sky is red orange while the scenery is blue, black, and green. The man and two figures stand on a bridge. The painting features a drastic contrast between the sky and ground. The red and orange in the sky are opposites to the green and blue in the ground respectively. Not to mention, opposites of the normal appearance of the sky. The main figure doesn't have remarkable coloring of his skin, but his attire looks to be blue and purple and looks to be a continuation of the land behind him.The strong opposing colors and large curvy strokes makes this paint feel sort of like a dream. A bad dream, but a dream nonetheless.
More muted than the previous pieces, this painting features a woman and man on the shore, a clear theme in Munch's work. The man is turned away from the woman, clutching his chest. The woman is a flowing figure on the shore, walking away from the man. The man and woman are again at odds, with the man in black and the woman in white. Not just contrasting in color, these two figures are also opposite in detail. The man has a face and finger, the woman is a smooth featureless figure. Most striking about this piece, besides the couple's contrasting colors, is the red that seems to stand apart from the rest of the painting. It would appear the man is possibly clutching at his actual heart, as his hand appears bloody, which also plays along with the heart shaped flower at the bottom of the painting. This red contrasts with the green grass, as well as the green in the man's face. The woman in white contrasts with the dark shore, and her blonde hair with the sky.
A seemingly lighter piece, compared to most of the others, this painting features several men and women dancing along the shore. There is a couple in the center that are the focus of this piece. The woman is dressed in red, the man in black. The other couples feature men in black and women in white. There are also two women, one on either side of the center couple. One of these women is happy and dressed white, the other is more serious and dressed in black. Right away there is a clear contrast between the two women. Munch seems to be making a clear depiction of the opposites of the two, white being light, life, and happiness and black being dark, death, and sorrow. The couple in the center contrast with woman's red and orange dress against the man's black and blue suit. Though the woman's dress seems to be wrapped around the man, her red reflecting on his sleeve. The moon also creates a very strong contrast against the dark water. Its reflection is pure and almost looks like a physical object.
Remarkably different from the previous pieces, this painting features a very bright set of yellow logs in the middle of a snowy forest filled with trees. The bright yellow logs are quite eye-catching. They contrast strongly with the blue-tinted snow, green tree tops, and blue sky. They also serve to draw attention to the depth of the forest. Using a snowy, white scene, the shadows of the trees make strong contrasting lines to both the log and the snow itself. Our foreground is very bright and the shadows draw you back to the darker background of distant trees.
Similar to The Scream, this painting features that same blood red sky over top a dark shadow of a town. This time numerous people are on the bridge, all dressed in black with one woman in the foreground. The people are a sea of black, save for their faces. The woman in the front features a little more color; her hair appears to be wrapped in a light garment, a contrast to the black hats of all the men. The strongest contrast here is still in the blood red sky over the dark blueish-purple and green of the town below it. By the green land, there is also a very bright red bar by the woman. The red, against it's opposite, seems intent on making sure you notice it.
This painting features another red-orange haired woman, and a sad man dressed all in black. The couple's location does not seem to be relevant to this particular piece. The background appears only to be a shadow of the hunched over figures. Once again we see the bright red-orange hair of the woman contrasting with the black and blue of the man's attire. We also see more of her light skin compared to his shadowy face. The woman's hair is enveloped in a few green strokes, contrasting the red in her hair and sort of acting as a barrier between her and their towering shadow.
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