Nobody is screaming here, but I think it is still a cry for help. Munch was a big boozer (no secret) and brawler (not well known) and this often got him into trouble, including a short stay in a sanitarium. I think troubled tragic artists always attract more attention than boring sane ones (think Van Gogh vs. GNAY). I find this subject unique and intriguing, but I think the composition is what gives this painting its broad appeal. The small still life, lower left, tells most of the story and draws us in. But change the booze bottles for a tea set and painting still works for me. But, that’s just me, as I like to sweeten my tea with brandy or sometimes just drink brandy (or scotch) out of a tea cup. Very discreet. Very refined.


January 03, 2017

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