In a page in his diary headed Nice 22.01.1892, Munch described his inspiration for the painting as:
|“I was walking along a path with two friends — the sun was setting — suddenly the sky turned blood red — I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence — there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city — my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety — and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”|
It is possible that the dust from the explosion of Krakatoa caused the sky to be red.
Anyway it is the quote that matters to me and especially “…….and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.” That evokes in me the memory of real pain and real anguish when the emotional and physical feelings are so strong that they are not part of me but reverberate around me and around the whole of the universe I am connected to.
I experience this only sometimes. Many times I feel joy and experience the pleasure of laughing. But the hard times take a toll and I must create a route out of them.
- Edvard Munch in 100 words (mindhacks.com)