Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Scream


There are days when we just feel like screaming. I think it's best to embrace the urge and, well, maybe not actually scream (though maybe...), but do something to express the feeling. Sometimes I choose a cup that screams for me. I keep this mug with my winter cups, since it's in the dark part of the year it appeals to me more.

The Scream is an Edvard Munch creation that seems to reach a certain place inside most people. Yale Press has an excerpt from a book that says,
What is certain is that as a symbol it generously fulfils Munch’s requirement, if not the requirement of the Symbolisits: it is capable of manifold, almost infinite interpretations. The last words can be left to him: "And for several years I was almost mad—that was the time when the terror of insanity reared up its twisted head. You know my picture, The Scream? I was being stretched to the limit—nature was screaming in my blood—I was at breaking point . . . You know my pictures, you know it all—you know I felt it all."
Slate.com says it, "represents the apogee of anxiety, the soul's final breaking point." EdvardMunch.org says, "Essentially this famous picture is autobiographical, an expressionistic construction based on Munch's actual experience of a scream piercing through nature while on a walk, after his two companions, seen in the background, had left him."

Bleubeard and Elizabeth host a T(ea) Party at their place every Tuesday where folks can share their drinks, crafts, joys, frustrations, and maybe even their screams.

20 comments:

  1. I know the feeling well! But not today. I have tea and visitors so I am hunky dory today.
    Hugs
    xx

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    1. tea and visitors -how delightful! :)

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  2. what a great piece of art, and love the cup. when your post popped up, I thought it quite appropriate as the wind is HOWLING outside as I type this and the temperatures plummeting!

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    1. yes, winter screams at us, so sometimes i feel like screaming back ;)

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  3. great cup! I think we all feel like that sometimes...

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    1. yes, i think the artist got us all with this one

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  4. I love The Scream! When I was a college student, the gift shop at the campus art museum sold 3-foot tall plastic figures of the guy from this painting. What a statement piece of home d├ęcor that would be. It was outside the limits of my student budget, though, so I never bought one.

    Have a Happy T Day with that cool mug of yours! Hope you don't feel like screaming today.

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    1. i've seen those myself and also been tempted. there are times i'd like one to sit next to me, i think

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  5. I can relate to that painting many days. Fortunately those days have been less and less lately. :)
    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. i'm glad your days have been getting less scream-y :)

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  6. Edvard nailed it with that painting...didn't he...striking a cord around the globe!
    Hope you have a happy T day today
    oxo

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    1. i think the mark of great art (and great literature) is striking that cord. hope you had a happy t day, too :)

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  7. I have always loved that painting. And having it on a mug is a definite plus. I was glad you shared his feelings about the painting and how well known it is.

    Glad you didn't have to scream to join T(ea) today. Thanks for joining and making it a fun experience.

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    1. that image has become a cultural touchstone in some ways. it's as excellent an argument as i can think of for limiting copyright.

      thx for t day! i see so many nice people this way :)

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  8. Such a well known piece of art but I've never before seen it on a mug. Thanks for the background info which is new to me.

    Darla

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    1. i've forgotten now where i got the mug... it says "on the wall productions; st. louis, mo" on the bottom.

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  9. Thanks for the earlier visit.
    Interesting cup and tale behind the picture. I have found that wine and chocolate, or a cup of GOOD tea helps keep the screams away, internally and externally. Of the two I prefer the wine and chocolate! LOL
    Happy T-day!

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    1. i've never tried putting wine in that mug. hmmm.... ;)

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  10. What a great artsy mug! I'm a mug collector myself. Thanks for sharing yours!

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    1. you're welcome! thx for coming by :)

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