Edvard Munch

Screaming Artworks That Use the Human Howl as Their Focus

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We’re not sure how Edvard Munch would feel about his tortured Expressionist painting The Scream being used to sell tote bags, umbrellas, and greeting cards. But the Norwegian painter might get a kick out of knowing that his famous creation was stolen twice — and was luckily recaptured. The painting of an agonized figure set against a hellish landscape — which Munch technically titled Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) — has been parodied and imitated so much, the mere expression (à la Home Alone) is instantly recognizable. Nobody depicts a blood-curdling howl quite like Munch, but other artists have used the scream as a focus of their work in fascinating ways.
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Clever Mash-ups of ‘Star Wars’ Characters and Iconic Works of Art

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It feels, at times, like the Star Wars universe has invaded all elements of popular culture: movies (obviously), television, books, comics, toys, the Internet. But there hasn’t been much overlap between the Force and the art world — until now. Artist and longtime Star Wars fan David Hamilton wondered, “What if art had been painted a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away?” And then he went about remaking some of the most iconic works of art (Vermeer, Hopper, Munch, Cezane, Monet, and more) with the addition of characters and elements from the Galactic Empire. “Just consider these ‘Special Editions,’” he writes to his fellow Jedi. “I know how much you value those.”
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A Brief Survey of Art History’s Most Macabre Paintings

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It was today in 1793 that Girondist sympathizer Charlotte Corday assassinated French revolutionary leader and radical journalist Jean-Paul Marat while he was taking a bath. The stabbing was memorialized in Jacques-Louis David’s 1793 painting, The Death of Marat, depicting Marat as a martyr on par with the Pietàs of classical painting, but artists like Edvard Munch created a much bloodier version of the events (featured, below). Art history is full of beautifully rendered paintings depicting gruesome acts and macabre scenarios. Here are ten you won’t soon forget.
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