Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Scream at MoMA

Munch, The Scream, MoMA

Almost cartoonish in person, Edvard Munch's Scream nevertheless expresses a primordial horror. We went to see this painting at MoMA because it expresses what we're feeling. Someone we love is going through a difficult time right now --- someone vivid and strong, with many fans and friends, someone who loyally reads this blog, or at least looks at the photos --- and we have no words of comfort for him, for our family, or for each other.   
Nearby is a gallery devoted to Monet's paintings of water lilies. Like Munch, Monet produced variations of the same image. Whereas Monet saw art as a balm for the troubles of modern life, Munch saw art as a depiction thereof. Sometimes art soothes, but sometimes it simply mirrors, depicting the unsayable, screaming the unexpressible.  

Munch, The Scream, MoMA

Munch, The Storm, MoMA

Munch, The Scream, MoMA

1 comment:

donuts4dinner said...

For real? I think someone replaced the actual painting with a child's drawing in crayon.

Sorry about your friend, though.

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