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Munch’s The Scream “Iconic Masterpiece of Expressionism in ‘Popular Culture’” (PowerPoint)



Looks at Edvard Munch's THE SCREAM and the impact this piece of art has had and is having on society in all areas as an influence and in terms of POP CULTURE. ...

Looks at Edvard Munch's THE SCREAM and the impact this piece of art has had and is having on society in all areas as an influence and in terms of POP CULTURE.

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  • 1. Pop Culture: An Overview The term ‘popular culture’ holds different meanings depending on who’s defining it and the context of use. It is generally recognized as the vernacular or people’s culture that predominates in a society at a point in time. In Rhetorical Dimensions of Popular Culture, pop culture involves the aspects of social life most actively involved in by the public. As the ‘culture of the people’, popular culture is determined by the interactions between people in their everyday activities: styles of dress, the use of slang, greeting rituals and the foods that people eat are all examples of popular culture. Popular culture is also informed and fuelled by the mass media (mass culture). Pop Culture: An Overview “Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear, their table-talk, gossip, controversies, historical sense and scientific training, the values they appreciate, the quality of life they admire. All communities have a culture. It is the climate of their civilization.” Walter Lippman Who is Walter Lippman?
  • 2. Selling 'The Scream'
  • 3. Edvard Munch (pronounced "moonk") Painter (1863–1944) Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is widely known for his iconic pre-Expressionist painting "The Scream" ("The Cry"). Born in 1863 in Löten, Norway, famed painter Edvard Munch established a free-flowing, psychological-themed style all his own. His painting "The Scream" ("The Cry"; 1893), is one of the most recognizable works in the history of art. His later works proved to be less intense, but his earlier, darker paintings ensured his legacy. A testament to his importance, "The Scream" sold for more than $119 million in 2012—setting a new record. In Paris in the 1880s he fell under the influence of Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh, and he went from representative art -- painting what he saw -- to a more internal form, painting what he felt about what he saw, what they ended up calling Expressionism in the art world.
  • 4. Handwritten beneath the image of the figure on a bridge is the title of the work in German—"Geschrei"—and, in the lower right-hand corner, the phrase "Ich fühlte das grosse Geschrei durch die Natur" (I felt the great scream in nature) It is a quotation from an autobiographical text Munch had written some years earlier, in which he described an experience he had while walking along the road near his hometown, Kristiania (now Oslo). Munch made about thirty impressions of this print, some on coloured paper or hand coloured in watercolour, and some without the title and text. Because an image inked on a lithography stone is flipped in the printing process, lithographs based on pre- existing images generally reverse the original. In this case, Munch inked the image in reverse so the printed sheet would have a composition identical to that of the painting. The Collection: Munch's 'The Scream‘ Date: 1895; signed 1896 Medium: Lithograph Dimensions: composition: 13 15/16 x 10" (35.4 x 25.4 cm); sheet: 20 11/16 x 15 7/8" (52.5 x 40.3 cm)
  • 5. Of the four versions of The Scream made by Munch between 1893 and 1910, this pastel-on-board from 1895 is the only one remaining in private hands; the three other versions are in the collections of museums in Norway. "The startling power of Munch's original work endures almost despite the image's present-day ubiquity," notes Ann Temkin, Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture. "The visual subtlety and complexity of this composition can't be summed up in a cliché.“ A haunting rendition of a hairless figure on a bridge under a yellow-orange sky, The Scream has captured the popular imagination since the time of its making. The image was originally conceived by Munch as part of his epic Frieze of Life series, which explored the progression of modern life by focusing on the themes of love, angst, and death. Especially concerned with the expressive representation of emotions and personal relationships. An in Depth Look at 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch Edvard Munch The Scream Pastel on board 1895
  • 6. Munch's style of painting spoke of expression through symbols rather than physical reality. He was one of the pioneers of German Expressionism, the pre-World War art movement which saw artists expressing emotions in their artworks. The Scream is widely recognised as an iconic masterpiece of expressionism in POPULAR CULTURE and, in description of his pastel version, Munch wrote the following lines, which bring out the emotion captured in the drawing: “I was walking along the road with two friends. The Sun was setting – The Sky turned a bloody red And I felt a whiff of Melancholy – I stood Still, deathly tired – over the blue-black Fjord and City hung Blood and Tongues of Fire My Friends walked on – I remained behind – shivering with Anxiety – I felt the great Scream in Nature” An in Depth Look at 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch Edvard Munch The Scream Pastel on board 1895
  • 7. David Norman (of Sotheby’s): “It is a universal image of anxiety, suffering, the response to the modern age.” Godfrey Barker (expert in the art market): “Since then, ‘The Scream’ has become an icon of pop culture: from T-shirts and inflatable dolls, to Macaulay Culkin impersonating the painting in ‘Home Alone’. It's even found its way on to ‘The Simpsons’ and versions of the picture with a shrieking Homer Simpson. All those knocks offs have actually made the painting a lot more valuable. Fame unquestionably drives up prices. That's assisted by Homer Simpson.” Louisa Buck (is a critic with the Art Newspaper): “‘The Scream’ monetary value may be less important than its enduring value as social commentary. We live in troubled times. We have the financial crisis, which shudders on, and I think Munch's "Scream" really expresses that.” The pop culture bump of 'The Scream‘ This version, executed in 1895 in pastel on cardboard, was sold for more than US$120 million in 2012.
  • 8. Macaulay Culkin’s iconic grimace in John Hughes’ Home Alone is one of the more common alleged allusions. Over time, it has appropriated and popularized totally hijacked the epitome of the “Uh-oh!” gesture
  • 9. Director/animator/cultural figurehead/ever-the-Goth-boy Tim Burton has often sited his German Expressionist influences. Check The Scream homage in his 1982 film Vincent as the title character squawks with his oblong, sullen mug.
  • 10. Originally created in 1977, Winston Smith’s Nuclear Scream was published on the backside of the Dead Kennedys’ Kill the Poor 7″ in 1980. It’s pretty much Munch’s Scream lithograph, but updated for depressingly still-current context.
  • 11. Andy Warhol, The Scream After Munch, 1984-1987 As Andy Warhol’s other Marilyn, The Scream’s hero has been silk-screened over and over, looking like a psychedelic colouring book, since 1983.
  • 12. Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1895. Lithograph in black on heavy white wove paper, 14 x 10 in. Collection of Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz, Jr Andy Warhol, The Scream (After Edvard Munch), 1984. Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board, 40 x 32 in. Collection of Henriette Dedichen, Oslo.
  • 13. The 1977 Abacus edition of The Primal Scream by Primal Therapy inventor Arthur Janov Ph.D, featuring a reproduction of the lower portion of Edvard Munch’s 1893 painting The Scream.
  • 14. Ghostface was named after a rubber Halloween mask inspired by the Edvard Munch painting The Scream. He has also been called the Woodsboro Killer, after the town where the Ghostface costume was first used to commit murders.
  • 15. Monstrous: The Silence was inspired by Munch's The Scream In the sixth season of Doctor Who, the show’s creators modelled their aliens – ironically called The Silence – on Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s 1893 painting The Scream.
  • 16. David Firth’s internet animation series Salad Fingers is incredibly creepy, so creepy that its protagonist seems to be in horror of itself. Definite Munch vibe here.
  • 17. Erró's variations on The Scream are also in the pop genre. Erró gives his creations a critical and satirical twist. In Ding Dong (1979), he decks Munch's work out in comic-like features. In The Scream, the scream is specifically set against the racket from a group of children in a school playground, while in The Second Scream (1967), the scream has to drown out what is clearly an infernal din from a plane, which becomes a reference to the occupation of Norway and, more generally, to the horrors of World War 2.
  • 18. “I hesitate to call this a new contest, but M&Ms is running a promotion for the new Dark M&Ms. On the second anniversary of the theft of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ from Oslo, M&Ms announced their commitment to finding the painting by adding to the current reward of $2 million. Now the reward has an additional bonus of 2 million M&Ms. In case you were wondering how many M&Ms that is, well, it’s a lot. 2.2 tons. So if you’ve got that Scream painting sitting around taking up room in your house, just know that by returning it you’re going to have to make a lot more room for 40,000 packages of Dark M&Ms. Of course if you’re the one returning it, you’re gonna go to prison. But fret not!” Dark M&Ms Offer Reward
  • 19. Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ is probably the most recognizable painting in the world. There are actually four versions of ‘The Scream’, which were done at the end of the 19th century. Ron English’s version, Harmonic Scream, is quite a bit different. In keeping with his usual style, the figures in the painting are most likely members of a band.
  • 20. • 10 Pop Culture Versions Of Famous Paintings • A Look at Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’ in Pop Culture • An in Depth Look at 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch • Co-Opted: Culture Makes Off With a Masterpiece • Edvard Munch: Beyond The Scream • Edvard Munch: Youtube Video: Popularity of 'The Scream' in Popular Culture • Edvard Munch: The Father of Expressionism • The most expensive paintings on public display • Why is “The Scream” So Popular?