People look at "The Scream" at the National Gallery in Oslo.(AP)
People look at "The Scream" at the National Gallery in Oslo.(AP)

Norway museum says Edvard Munch wrote hidden ‘madman’ message on The Scream

The painting which shows a waif-like figure cradling its head in its hands with its mouth agape, has become a global icon for the expression of human anxiety. The sentence — “can only have been painted by a madman” — was scribbled in the top left-hand corner.
AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:52 AM IST

Norway’s National Museum says a small, barely visible sentence written with a pencil on Edvard Munch’s 1893 masterpiece “The Scream” was penned by the Norwegian painter himself.

The painting which shows a waif-like figure cradling its head in its hands with its mouth agape, has become a global icon for the expression of human anxiety. The sentence — “can only have been painted by a madman” — was scribbled in the top left-hand corner.

The painting is being prepared to be exhibited at the new National Museum of Norway that is due to open in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, in 2022. In this connection, the canvas has undergone research and conservation.

“The writing is without a doubt Munch’s own," Mai Britt Guleng, curator at the National Museum, said in a statement Monday, adding it was compared to the painter's own scribbling in diaries and letters.

"The handwriting itself, as well as events that happened in 1895, when Munch showed the painting in Norway for the first time, all point in the same direction,” Guleng said.

The writing on the canvas was added after Munch had completed the painting but for years it has been a mystery, the museum said in a statement. Speculation has ranged from it being an act of vandalism by an outraged viewer to something written by Munch himself.

Guleng said the inscription was likely made “in 1895, when Munch exhibited the painting for the first time.”

The painting at the time caused public speculation about Munch’s mental state. During a discussion night when the artist was present, a young medical student questioned Munch's mental health and claimed his work proved he was not sound.

“It is likely that Munch added the inscription in 1895, or shortly after, in response to the judgment on his work,” the statement read.

Munch was profoundly hurt by the accusations, returning to the incident again and again in letters and diary entries. Both his father and sister suffered bouts of depression and Munch was finally hospitalized after a nervous breakdown in 1908, Guleng said.

The National Gallery was temporarily closed in 2019 to secure a safe moving process to the new National Museum, which is currently under construction in downtown Oslo. The museum will exhibit 400,000 objects ranging from antiquity to the present day and includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, textiles, furniture and architectural models.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
The image shows the men making ropes out of a saree,(Twitter/@advaita_kala)
The image shows the men making ropes out of a saree,(Twitter/@advaita_kala)

Video shows old saree being turned into rope. ‘Amazing,’ say netizens

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:42 PM IST
People lauded the creative use of an old saree and expressed their appreciation for the concept.
Close
The image shows a ship.(Facebook/@Colin McCallum)
The image shows a ship.(Facebook/@Colin McCallum)

Is that ship ‘floating’ in the sky? Viral picture leaves netizens bamboozled

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 03:40 PM IST
The picture shows a ship but what makes the photo puzzling is how the ship appears to look like it is floating in the air.
Close
The image shows Farooq Abdullah dancing with Captain Amarinder Singh.(Twitter/@NasirKhuehami)
The image shows Farooq Abdullah dancing with Captain Amarinder Singh.(Twitter/@NasirKhuehami)

Farooq Abdullah shakes a leg with Capt Amarinder Singh at wedding

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:49 PM IST
The clip starts with Abdullah dancing to the song Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche from the Shammi Kapoor-starrer Brahmachari.
Close
Officials say four orangutans and five bonobos received COVID-19 injections in January and February.(via REUTERS)
Officials say four orangutans and five bonobos received COVID-19 injections in January and February.(via REUTERS)

Nine great apes receive Covid shots in San Diego zoo

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 11:18 AM IST
The vaccinations followed a January outbreak of COVID-19 at the zoo’s Safari Park.
Close
The image shows an elephant named Ngilai and a buffalo named Ivia.(Instagram/@sheldrick wildlife trust)
The image shows an elephant named Ngilai and a buffalo named Ivia.(Instagram/@sheldrick wildlife trust)

Friendship blossoms between an elephant and a buffalo. Watch their video

By Amrita Kohli
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 10:29 AM IST
In a post shared on Instagram, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust posted a wonderful video that captures the special bond between these two animals.
Close
Kunal Kemmu's singing will impress you too. (Instagram/Kunal Kemmu)
Kunal Kemmu's singing will impress you too. (Instagram/Kunal Kemmu)

Kunal Kemmu getting impressed by his own singing is all of us who love to sing

By Amrita Kohli
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 08:39 PM IST
Kunal Kemmu's post is so relatable.
Close
Rescuers helping Missy get out of the pond. (Facebook/Allegan County Sheriff's Office)
Rescuers helping Missy get out of the pond. (Facebook/Allegan County Sheriff's Office)

Horse named Missy gets stuck in frozen pond. Here’s how she was rescued

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 07:54 PM IST
It wasn’t clear how long the horse had been stuck in that situation.
Close
A Thai navy officer swims with a rescued cat on his back. (REUTERS)
A Thai navy officer swims with a rescued cat on his back. (REUTERS)

Purrfect rescue: Thai navy rescues four cats from sinking ship. See pics

Reuters, Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:39 PM IST
A sailor in a life vest swam out to the capsized boat, on which four ginger cats were huddled together on a wooden beam.
Close
Actor and fitness enthusiast Milind Soman with athlete Man Kaur. (Instagram/Milind Soman)
Actor and fitness enthusiast Milind Soman with athlete Man Kaur. (Instagram/Milind Soman)

Milind Soman’s post about centenarian athlete Man Kaur is inspiring many

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:07 PM IST
"Man Kaur, mascot of Pinkathon and world champion athlete, started running at the age of 93. Yesterday she celebrated her 105th birthday! And still running," wrote Milind Soman on Instagram.
Close
Liza standing at her stand made up of bright pink and yellow wooden crates. (MightyCause.com/Lemonadeforliza)
Liza standing at her stand made up of bright pink and yellow wooden crates. (MightyCause.com/Lemonadeforliza)

7-year-old girl helps to fund her own brain surgery through lemonade stand

AP, Homewood, Alabama
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 02:53 PM IST
Liza was still in the hospital after suffering two major seizures when she came up with the idea to help out with a lemonade stand.
Close
A video of the incident was posted on Twitter by Unicanal.(Twitter/@Unicanal)
A video of the incident was posted on Twitter by Unicanal.(Twitter/@Unicanal)

Delivery driver catches kid who fell from 12th floor of building, hailed as hero

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:59 PM IST
Nguyen Ngoc Manh, 31, rushed to help the save the child.
Close
A picture of children playing with the toy set. (Fisher-Price - Twitter/@drewharwell )
A picture of children playing with the toy set. (Fisher-Price - Twitter/@drewharwell )

Tweet about ‘home office’ toy set sparks mixed reactions on Twitter

By Amrita Kohli
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:51 PM IST
The tweet describing the set as “bleak” was posted along with pictures of the toy set pieces.
Close
The clip is 21 seconds of pure adorableness as many on Reddit have commented. (Reddit/tejasmirashi)
The clip is 21 seconds of pure adorableness as many on Reddit have commented. (Reddit/tejasmirashi)

Child tries chocolate milk for the first time, is instantly a fan. Watch

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:26 AM IST
The kid's reaction while trying chocolate milk is beyond delightful.
Close
The alligator being measured. (Facebook/Torrie Heathcoat)
The alligator being measured. (Facebook/Torrie Heathcoat)

Florida couple returns home, finds 7 foot alligator in garage. Watch

By Amrita Kohli
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 10:08 AM IST
“I will never forget that moment of fear,” Fort Myers resident Torrie Heathcoat wrote on Facebook.
Close
The image shows Dolly Parton getting the vaccine.(Twitter/@dolly parton)
The image shows Dolly Parton getting the vaccine.(Twitter/@dolly parton)

Dolly Parton’s rendition of Jolene encourages people to take the shot

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 08:16 PM IST
In the clip, Parton can be seen singing Jolene while changing the word Jolene into vaccine.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP