Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch’s masterpiece and one of the world’s most expensive painting, ‘The Scream’ still echoes after about 117 years of its creation in 1895. Symbolizing the plight of man in the stressful modern day scenario, this iconic composition described as an ‘image for a godless age’ by Munch himself, is regarded as the most reproduced piece of art ever created. It had not just adorned key chains, coffee mugs, t-shirts and posters, but has also inspired figure head of the 1960s visual art movement known as ‘pop art’, American artist Andy Warhol. Fascinated by the history of art and sought to adapt and explore renowned motifs from the past through his oeuvre, Warhol appropriated Munch’s emotionally charged works to create his own equally emblematic and evocative images. Now, Warhol’s three exceptional color prints appropriated from Munch’s most iconic works, including The Scream (After Munch), are among the top lots to appear at Sotheby’s upcoming sale of Old Master, Modern Contemporary Prints in London on 19th September 2012.
One of most instantly recognizable motifs in both art history and popular culture, The Scream is Edvard’s Munch’s darkest and most challenging works.
Emphasizing the basic features of the figure to create a cartoon-like face and exchanging the somber tones of Munch’s work for his own piece of unique, bright clashing color combinations, pop-artist Andy Warhol made some radical changes to the original motif.
However, Warhol succeeded in replicating the feelings of the intense angst of the original, rendering man’s utmost despair and inner turmoil in print.
The Scream (After Munch) is expected to fetch a price between $317,600 and $476,360.
The renowned pop-artist Andy Warhol is remembered for bringing focus to the banality of the commercial culture of the U.S, creating and then pushing the artist envelope of his time. We have over the times seen the sale of Warhol’s acclaimed works like the rare Queen Elizabeth II portrait, Liz Taylor portrait for $662,000, and the Warhol’s car art, to name a few.
UPDATE: Warhol’s “Screamer Print sells for $450,000.