You've probably heard by now that Edvard Munch's The Scream will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art for a period of six months beginning October 24, 2012. This, as they say, is a big deal and fabulous news for those of us in North America who cannot get to Norway -- where three of four versions of The Scream are held -- but may be able to make it to New York. Anticipating more than normal interest in the work prompted me to research its art-historic context and Munch's motivation, which I'd like to share with you in "A Closer Look at The Scream by Edvard Munch." Oh! Would you please let me know (in the comments) how crowded the exhibition is when it opens, and how long one can actually stand and look? Not saying this will be the case, but we can probably all think of a big show where viewers felt somewhat like cattle being forced through a chute.
Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863-1944
The Scream, 1895
Pastel on board
© 2012 The Munch Museum/The Munch-Ellingsen Group/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York