“The Scream” by Edvard Munch is up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York. If you have not started saving loooong ago and been earning a ridicules salary, or recently inherited vast sums of money, you will most likely not be able to afford the U$ 80 million price tag on this one.
What I find particularly interesting is that “The Scream” is not your usual “pretty picture” which would sit comfortably above your dining table. It is angst-ridden and full of paranoia… not pretty, but honest, and because it seems as if it came straight from the heart, it also touches our souls in a deep and sometimes disturbing way. It lays bare our vulnerabilities and fears, which we usually hide behind a façade of prettiness (pretty clothes, pretty make-up, and pretty deco in our pretty homes….). Maybe its strength lies in reminding us that we are intensely alive and human, even in the mediocre, materialistic and semi-comatose rat-race which we have created for ourselves. We all can identify with it, and, even if only for a short time, it changes our perceptions and gets our primal instincts roaring. At least that is how I feel.
There are two reasons, why I am sharing this with you today. One is that I have often heard the following said about my own art: “Wow, this work is so powerful and interesting, but I do not want to buy it, as it would be too depressing to hang above my couch (or in my dining room)”. Granted, those who know my art well, agree that many of my works are not easy to live with because of their powerful content or expression. I totally understand that.
I am very fortunate that I work in such a wide variety of styles and subject matter that many different tastes and needs are catered for and my artworks are hanging in homes all over the world. And quite a few of my more socio-political and ‘disturbing’ works have also found appreciation and buyers. So all I am saying, if an artwork touches you but is not pretty in the traditional sense, maybe you can buy it anyway. You do not need to put it up in your living room. You can keep it somewhere where you can contemplate it every now and then and where it can be kept save as a possible investment for your grand-children. Art investments generally bring good returns, if you are patient and lucky – after all, not all artists are Munch or Picasso, but you would usually only find out after we are dead.
Secondly, recently I have made my own version of “The Scream” which I wanted to share with you. It is based on a press-image that I have found several years ago (I think it was from the Iraq war) and on Munch’s painting. It is titled “A(nother) Scream”.
Sorry, this work is already reserved for an interested buyer, but if you like to have an option on it, drop me a line. Munch has made four different versions of “The Scream”; so, in case you are interested, I would be happy to make a personal version of “A(nother) Scream” for you.
Or browse my webpage for getting an impression of the other artworks I have available – you might just find something worth investing in 🙂 .
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Personally, I never thought of buying art just because it is ‘pretty’, I’ve always bought something that hits me emotionally. I’m always surprised when someone is moved by a painting but wouldn’t buy it because it is ‘too depressing’ or ‘not pretty’. Of course, I also am a poor writer with no money so maybe I’m attracted to the depressing pieces for a reason 😉
Thank God, that there are a few people like you! I guess it might be that because you are a creative person yourself and have often faced and explored the ‘darker’ sides in your own life and writing, this might come easier to you…
Love your post! This is exactly what is so fascinating and so frightening about good art, that we can’t hide anymore when we are exposed to it…
Eva will get quite a collection of your paintings, so maybe one day she can go into early retirement 🙂
lots of love
Thank you Jutta! I have always wondered if there is a definition of good art – i still am not sure if there is one which applies for a piece of art for everybody, but personally i think if a work really grabs my attention and i feel it deep inside me, and know that i will not forget it and still ponder on it for a while, then i consider it great art. But it does not necessarily mean it will do the same for the next person.
I will do my best to hopefully add to Eva’s early retirement 😉
lots of love to you too!
Yes, not forgetting it is definitely a definition of great art for me too!
Vielen vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar auf Eva’s blog 🙂 :-).
Means so much to her coming from a real artist!
Gerne! We all need all the support and encouragement we can get with our creative endeavors and expression, and i am impressed by her guts to start her own blog and it looks good too!
lots of love to you and Eva