Well I think it's a great painting no matter how much other folks here on Facepunch may hate it.One of four versions of Edvard Munch’s work “The Scream” is being sold at auction in New York in May. The 1895 pastel-and-board composition by the Norwegian artist will be included in Sotheby’s (BID) May 2 sale of Impressionist and modern works. It carries a value of at least $80 million, the auction house said in an e-mailed release today.
Sotheby's version is the only one left in private hands. It is being offered by the Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father Thomas was a friend and patron of the artist. The primary version of the work, in tempera and crayon dating from 1893, is in the National Gallery of Norway.
“I have lived with this work all my life, and its power and energy have only increased with time,” Olsen said in an e-mailed statement. “Now however, I feel the moment has come to offer the rest of the world a chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work.”
Proceeds from the sale will go toward the establishment of a new museum, art centre and hotel on Olsen's farm, Ramme Gaard at Hvitsten, Norway. It will open next year in connection with the Munch 150th anniversary, and will be dedicated to the artist’s work and time there.
Of the variants, this Sotheby's version is closest in composition the one in Norway's National Gallery. It is also notable for having a hand-painted inscription by Munch on the frame, explaining the genesis of the work.
“I was walking along the road with two friends, the sun was setting,” reads the frame. “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.”