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Munch’s “The Scream” at auction at Sotheby’s New York in May

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Edward Munch The Scream will be at auction at Sotheby's New York in May 2012I just learned something somewhat fascinating for art buffs…

Edward Munch’s iconic work, “The Scream” — you know the one that’s used everywhere from mental health clinic advertising to fast-food restaurants — will be on the auction block at Sotheby’s New York in May this year.   There are only a few masterpieces in art that the average Joe on the street would recognize and “The Scream” ranks alongside “Mona Lisa” as the top two.

Four versions exist of “The Scream.”  This is the only one that remains in private hands and is being sent to auction by Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen.  His father Thomas was a friend, neighbour and patron of Edward Munch.

Munch created “The Scream” in the mid-1890s and the work epitomizes the Expressionist movement with its sweeping, gestural brushstrokes.  This version of the work was executed by Munch using pastels.

There is sure to be heavy press concerning this sale.  It will certainly be interesting to see at what price the gavel falls and who ends up owning this iconic work.

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Written by Jenifer Mangione Vogt

February 24, 2012 at 12:25 am

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