7 May 1994

Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.

Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” is considered a masterpiece of modern art due to its highly emotional and expressive content. It is one of the most recognizable and iconic paintings in the world, and its popularity has only increased since its creation in 1893.

The painting depicts a human figure, with its head thrown back and its mouth open in a silent scream. The sky behind the figure is a swirling mixture of orange and red, while the foreground is dominated by a bridge and a body of water. The figure’s anguished expression and the vibrant colors of the sky have become symbols of modern anxiety and alienation.

The painting’s power lies in its ability to express the artist’s innermost emotions and feelings through the use of bold and expressive brushstrokes, which create a sense of movement and immediacy. The viewer can sense the emotional turmoil of the figure in the painting and can relate to the sense of isolation and anxiety that it conveys.

Additionally, “The Scream” is considered a seminal work of the Expressionist movement, which aimed to convey intense emotional states and psychological turmoil through art. As such, it has been an inspiration to many artists and has had a profound influence on the development of modern art.