Sunday, August 22, 2004

Armed robbers steal ‘The Scream’

Munch: The Scream

Yep, it’s true. Edvard Munch’s The Scream, and his less well–known Madonna, have been stolen by armed robbers from Oslo’s Munch Museum during opening hours.

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.
—Edvard Munch

This isn’t the first time this has happened, either. The painting is fragile, which, apart from the theft itself, will be the chief worry for investigators. (Its red sky, by the way, was because of the Krakatoa eruption.)

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