According to The Wall Street Journal, Leon Black has paid $119 million for The Scream by Edward Much.
I would like to say thanks to this media because my wife didn’t believe me when I told her I’ve spent a hundred million drinking. She was suspecting that I’d bought the picture and I was becoming a wiser man but… well, I would like to tell her that the painting is just one of the four versions that Much painted in 1893 and, the next time I have a hundred million dollars to spend, I will do something more interesting with the money (or maybe not).
I propose something different for today, dear readers: a travel through Munch’s painting to admire the works of this universal Norwegian artist and, because I know nobody can live without my stupid commentaries. I will comment every picture with the Papa Smurf’s wisdom.
The Sick Child by Edvard Munch (Fourth Version)
The Sick Child
Between 1885 and 1887 he painted The Sick Child, now at the Tate Gallery of London. According to the Official Tate Gallery Guide, It is a portrait of his older and favorite sister Sophie (Johanne Sophie b. 1862) who died of tuberculosis in 1877 at the approximate age of 15. Munch considered the painting “a breakthrough in my art”. As in The Scream, he created numerous versions of this painting.August Stindberg
1892. Oil on canvas, 120 × 90 cm. Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden
We would like to change the title of the picture to the funnier The Man Who Didn’t Love Women So Much but we cannot. Someday, I would like to talk about him, a very interested writer, Swedish as Stieg Larsson –and sorry for saying it: much better than him.The Scream
The Scream. 1893. Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard. Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo
You can really understand Oslo looking this picture. In 1994, four men broke into the National Gallery and stole it. They had a great sense of humor because they left the note ‘Thanks for the poor security’. Finally, and for the first or the second time in History, the police captured these funny thieves.Munch Vampire
1893–94. Oil on canvas. Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo
I really love this picture but I’m not the only one. One of the four men who stole The Scream also wanted to steal Vampire. What’s wrong with Oslo?
Of course I don’t want to say that everybody in Norway is a thief but… One friend said me that Henrik Ibsen –Norwegian too- was arrested in Rome for not paying his taxes. Of course, I didn’t believe him. Anyway, I don’t want to book a Norwegian to save my home.Ashes
1894. Oil on canvas. 120.5 × 141 cm. Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo
Desperation or a rise in taxes? Just Anders Behring Breivik knows! This is not the classic love story but you know we are talking about Norwegian people and just Norwegian people know what they are thinking to do.
Tomorrow we will continue with Much’s pictures. I hope you have spent some good minutes. See you tomorrow and be careful with thieves. Cheers!