http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4440244/Inspiration-Scream-rare-clouds.htmlAnt, I know this article was in the Daily Mail but, but, but...
It is a load of airy fairy cobblers! Mother-of-pearl skies are not rare!
I used to see them routinely many times in winters in Norway and I used to live about a 20 minute walk from where Munch lived and worked - so we shared exactly the same skies.
I promise you Ant, and everybody else, that I was never, not once, scared by a mother-of-pearl sky. Quite the reverse in fact. I was entranced by their serene beauty, yes. I was impressed at God showing off his catalogue of visual effects, yes.
But mother-of-pearl skies were not
manic or deranged.
Little old ladies and people of a nervous disposition just looked up at them and smiled. Even little Norske kids were totally blasť about them.
Mother of pearl skies are simply paler, static versions of the Northern Lights and just as breathtakingly beautiful. I suppose Munch was terrified of the Northern Lights too? Knickers to that.
It seems to me that the art researchers behind the Daily Mail article are either sadly misguided folk - or they are desperately bending very common atmospheric effects in a frantic effort to make them fit in with their own flimsy art theories until they get something worth publishing so they can get their 15 minutes of fame.
true that, as the sun sets in Norwegian winter, the mother-of-pearl skies do get a nice shiny pinky-red tinge - but nothing to scare even the most highly-strung demented art researcher.Edvard Munch was a painter for gawd's sake!
And as such he always used artistic licence to create exactly the precise moods he wanted to convey - fear in the case of the Screamer on the bridge.
Can you imagine how much less powerful the Scream painting would be with a nice clear summer blue sky background? No. It wouldn't work, would it? So it's no wonder Munch decided to add such dramatic swirling bilious art nouveau clouds.
I suppose next the art theorists will move on to high-falutingly deciphering Van Gogh's tormented whirlpool skies?