Closeout - The Scream

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Agonized twists of crimson, blush, gold and ochre intertwine with crushes of black visually representing our interpretation of Edvard Munch’s, The Scream. The scent of sharp sandalwood, storm squalls and salty ocean over-sprays scream, The Scream. Activated charcoal, bentonite and Fuller’s earth clay anchor the bar. 

This is a limited edition soap from our Picassoap Series, a series where we give homage to master artists who often exhibited their freak flag alongside their art. The Scream, by Edvard Munch, is the final soap in series one - Mansplainting.

The Scream was created as both paintings and pastels, by Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. The German title Munch gave these works is Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature), though the genderless agonized figure in the painting was, no doubt, internally inspired. Munch would go on to say that “only an insane person could paint such a piece”.

Munch was a sickly child who lost both his closest sister and his mother during his impressionable years. His father “was temperamentally nervous and obsessively religious—to the point of psychoneurosis. From him I inherited the seeds of madness. The angels of fear, sorrow, and death stood by my side since the day I was born.” “I inherited two of mankind's most frightful enemies—the heritage of consumption and insanity." He battled with alcohol, depression and suicidal thoughts throughout his career, but sought help in 1908 through electrification. With his mood and thoughts stabilized, his colors brightened,  focal points lightened and career bloomed. This was temporary, however, as he spent his last two decades in near solitude, painting many self portraits. Munch died in 1944.

The pastel on board version of The Scream sold for $120 million in 2012.

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