Monday, December 12, 2011

Some Days, You Feel Like...

The Scream (1893) by Edvard Munch

Fortunately, this isn't one of them. But it is Edvard Munch's birth date (1863).

Because this image is so familiar in popular culture, the emotional impact upon the viewer may be drained of freshness or potency. However, I'd argue that such a response is born out of superficiality or aesthetic laziness. Take a new look at this painting, focusing on technique, such as color selection, line work, and spatial orientation.

The horror of the image is just as fresh as ever, if you bother to open your mind to the technical elements that convey such a sensation.


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