Experts confirm it: there is a secret message in the famous painting El Grito
Most of the paintings are much more than they appear. In various ways. The famous El Grito is one of them.
What the paintings of famous painters hide secrets, is common. Thanks to new infrared and X-ray analysis techniques, it has been discovered that many paintings are painted on top of others, or that the preliminary sketches were very different. The famous painting The Scream hides a secret message, and experts have just confirmed that it belongs to the author himself.
The Scream, by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, is considered one of the most emblematic works of expressionism. There are actually four different versions, although the most famous is the one on display in the National Museum of Norway, which you can see in the opening photo of the news.
Like most transgressive works, when it was presented in 1893 it was widely criticized by the media and art fans, who described it as “insane art“, Y its author was branded as crazy. A critic He even recommended pregnant women not to see the painting, for its disturbing nature. Years later the Nazis called Edvard Munch “degenerate artist“, and withdrew all his paintings from an exhibition.
When the painting was first restored, a message written in pencil was discovered, almost invisible, in the top left-hand corner. He said: “it could only have been painted by a madman“.
For years there has been speculation about the author of the phrase. Was it written by the painter himself, or was it a vandal who was against the work?
As our colleague Andrea Núñez-Torrón tells us in TICbeat, a recent study carried out by the National Museum of Norway confirms that was written by the author himself, a little after finishing the painting.
The message was analyzed with infrared rays and compared with letters and handwritten documents from Edvard Munch.
“The writing itself, as well as the events that occurred in 1895, when Munch first showed the painting in Norway, all point in the same direction.”Explains Mai Britt Guleng, restorer at the National Museum in Oslo.
In 1895 the painting was exhibited for the first time, and as we have commented, many critics called the painter crazy. Surely it was then that he decided to write on the painting itself: “it could only have been painted by a madman“It could even be a literal phrase from a critic.
The truth is Edvard Munch had a tormented life. His mother and sister died of tuberculosis as a child, and his other sister was admitted to an asylum.
In his diary he recounts a distressing scene that he occurred in 1892: “He was walking along a path with two friends; the sun went down. Suddenly, the sky was stained with blood red, I stopped and leaned against a fence, dead from exhaustion: blood and tongues of fire lurked over the dark blue of the fjord and the city. My friends continued and I stood still, shaking with anxiety. I felt an infinite scream that went through nature“.
Some experts assure that eThis traumatic experience was the one that inspired the painting.
On many occasions we have seen that what separates genius from madness is only a fine line of lucidity … Walking on that fine line, Edvard Munch painted one of the most famous paintings in the history of art.