The famous painting entitled “The Scream” by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch just became the most expensive painting sold at an auction, after it fetched no more than $119.9 million. The expressionist painting was sold recently during a Sotheby’s auction to an anonymous buyer, thus also making it the eighth most expensive painting in the world. Last year the Royal Family of Qatar bought Paul Cezanne’s “The Card Players” for a whooping $250 million, making it the most expensive painting in the whole world.
“The Scream” is actually a pastel, just one of the four pieces with the same subject painted by Edvard Munch. The other three are owned by museums in Norway and two of them have been stolen in a couple of very high – profile art thefts, but were recovered later.
However, the piece sold on May 2 is the only one that has a poem written by Munch on the frame. The artist wrote about what inspired him to paint the famous piece.
“I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city. My friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”
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