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E. Munch – The Scream (1893-1910)

The Scream – The Scream of the Nature
Edvard Munch (Norway), 1863-1944.

The Scream is another icon of modern culture. It consists of four different paintings of the same scenario painted in oil, tempera, pastel and cardboard, being the oil version the most popular. The inspiration to paint these works came to Munch while walking along a path. Later, he wrote a poem out of a part of the diary that described it.

I was walking along the road with two friends
the sun was setting
suddenly the sky turned blood red
I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence
there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city
my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety
and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.

The Scream

The three other versions of the painting can be found here.

 

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P. Cézanne – The Bathers (1906)

Original title: Les Grandes Baigneuses.
Paul Cézanne (France), 1839–1906.

The Bathers is the most well-known painting by Cézanne, considered the father of 20th century painting, by bridging post-impressionism to the new era, and of specially of cubism, which would later have Picasso and Metzinger as main exponents. Cézanne painted it between 1898 and 1905, being the largest of a series of paintings with the same title. More info in wikipedia and analysis here.

The Bathers

P. Picaso – Guernica (1937)

Pablo Picasso (Spain), 1881-1973.

Guernica was painted in response to the air bombings by German and Italian forces in the village of Guernica, in the Basque Country. It depicts the tragedy and suffering of people and animals, some of them with strong symbolisms such as the bull, the horse, the mother and child, that the attacks brought to the village. It was painted by Picasso in Paris, and did not visit Spain until 1981, once democracy ruled in Spain. More info in wikipedia.

Guernica