Expressionist painter, Edvard Munch, created The Scream, which was actually one of a series of paintings, in 1893–1910.
In a page in his diary headed Nice 22.01.1892, Munch described his inspiration for the image thus:
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.
Wow, that’s amazingly vivid. *shudder*
On this day in history, August 31, one of the versions of The Scream, along with another Munch painting entitled Madonna, were recovered by Norwegian police after having been stolen in 2004. Both of the paintings suffered damage, but they were restored and returned to display in 2008.
This is our daily open thread — got something to scream about?