The Scream Faces Yet Another Risk

May 19, 2020

Daniel Boffey at The Guardian wrote an interesting and essential piece about conservation efforts surrounding Oslo's version of Edvard Munch's The Scream.  This version of the painting was stolen in 2004 in an armed daytime heist at the Munch Museum along with his breathtaking Madonna. The paintings were recovered two years later.  The Scream was left with a dirty brown water stain as a result of the theft.

 

Conservators are doing extensive examinations of the work and have identified issues. Prof. Koen Janssens from the University of Antwerp told The Guardian: “When you illuminate the painting with UV light, what comes back is some kind of orange light in some locations, and there the paint is in not so good a condition. We tried to figure out why. This orange luminescence seemed to be associated to degradation.”

 

Read the full piece here

 

 

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