The Scream is said to be the first expressionist painting. This artwork looks like something out of a horror movie. This artwork quickly captures the attention of the viewers, and makes us have a lot of question as to was the mental state of the artist when making this.
Munch had a challenging life, going through depression ,family issues, major illnesses, and anxiety. The center of attention in this artwork, is the sexless figure with the expression of agony.
The artist uses the the elements of line,color, light and shadow, form and balance to create the effects of horror, anxiety, distress and other eternal negative emotions.
It looks as if, the artist painted what he felt. The backround is made of curvy lines that moves along with the figure. Its almost as if the enviroment, or life itself is overwhelming for the figure and the pressure of life is on figures shoulders. Causing it to explode with emotion.
We see here the colors that the artist used in his modern art, a lot of hot red, oranges and yellow. There has been sayings that nearby this place in the painting is a slaughter house where there would've been torturing/killing of animals and the red curvy backround could mean blood or killing, and others have said that the asylum where Munch's sister was placed was around there.
And the emotional struggle that his sister as well as himself was experiencing is being shown by this sexless figure.
- The emotion in this art is complete unhappy, there is nothing in this painting that would tell me is joyful
-Normally sunsets would be beautiful and bring a sense of relief in us, but the sunset in this painting is transformed into a feeling of dread and anguish.
-You could see the obvious brush strokes, the artist does not try to hide them, but make it a plan to give the painting its meaning.
-Munch is a symbolist painter
- The artist removes the viewer from reality and includes us in this world of negative emotion, where there is said to be heard a disturbing scream, no even the two figures in the back knowing about it.