Similarities And Differences Between Expressionist Artists And The Scream By Munch

1480 Words Aug 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Year 10 Comparative Essay

Expressionist artists such as Edvard Munch and Frida Kahlo create artworks as a therapeutic method to conceal their despondency. Memories and feelings of the soul are conveyed through expressing a figure featuring exaggerated and obvious characteristics that portray their inner emotions. The disconsolate environment and haunting experiences were a key factor in creating the movement Expressionism in the early 20th century. Throughout this essay the artworks Roots by Kahlo, and The Scream by Munch, will be deconstructed in order to interpret, compare, analyse and draw conclusions to the artist’s intentions.

Socially rejected and alcohol addicted Munch was a Norwegian symbolic painter and printmaker born in 1863. One of his most famous artworks was The Scream that was created using tempera and crayon on a 91cm x 73.5cm piece of cardboard. Munch was studying technical engineering however dropped out due to his passion for art. After 3 years of study and practice Munch received a scholarships to travel to France that led him to his career. The premature death of his mother and sister were significant events that resulted in a mental illness and the constant feelings of trauma and insecurity, subsequently inspiring his iconic his style. Due to these horrific events and the death of his family members it resulted in his mental state to be a depiction of his artwork.

Edvard Munch’s painting, The Scream was created in 1893 featuring a wide spectrum of…

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