At the start of the twentieth century, an artistic tendency swept through Europe, spurred on by resistance to bourgeois culture and a fervent search for rejuvenated creativity. It came to be known as Expressionism. Words that characterise Expressionist artists and Expressionist art are self, psyche, body, sexuality, nature and spirit.
The girl at the center of the painting provides a strong focus. She is of about the age of puberty and she is naked sitting on the edge of a bed. She is in a shy pose with her legs closed and her hands are modestly in her lap. Many observers find that the image is of sexual repression.
Originally called Loving Woman, this picture can be taken to symbolize what Munch considered the essential acts of the female life cycle: sexual intercourse, causing fertilization, procreation and death.
Bhakti K. & Sanjana G.
Bhakti K. & Nirali G.
Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was a Norwegian Painter and Printmaker. His best known work, The Scream, has become one of the most iconic images of world art. Munch’s art was highly personalized. His “private” symbolism was far more personal than that of other Symbolist painters such as Gustave Moreau and James Ensor. Munch was still highly influential, particularly with the German Expressionists, who followed his philosophy, “I do not believe in the art which is not the compulsive result of Man’s urge to open his heart.” Many of his paintings, including The Scream, have universal appeal in addition to their highly personal meaning. Although his works were banned in Nazi Germany, most of them survived World War II, securing him a legacy.