Art washes away the dust of the everyday life.  Picasso

For the next few days, we are going to look at famous paintings and “wash away the dust of everyday life.”  To make it more fun, kind of like on Sesame Street, one of these is not like the other.  Take a look at these famous paintings, read about what inspired the painting and see if you can tell what’s missing.

The Scream by Edvard Munch


Do you ever wonder what inspires artist to paint what they paint-me, too.  This is what the artist Munch wrote in his journal about this painting:

One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.

I was not as familiar with this one so it took a long time, but there are two small boats if you look closely that are missing-look in the yellow “lake” just above the right hand.  

Self Portrait by Frida Kahlo


Kahlo said of her art:  “My painting carries with it the message of pain. Painting completed my life.”

Afflicted with polio, her childhood was full of taunts and rejection.  Undeterred, she aspired to become a doctor; but her dreams were dashed in a horrible streetcar accident that shattered her spine leaving her disabled and in constant pain.

This self portrait combines Aztec and Christian imagery, which is very common in Mexican art, to depict an image of suffering.  Instead of a crown of thorns she is portrayed in a necklace of thorns and the hummingbird is often used to depict a Mayan god.

Thought I would throw in an easy one…the HUGE hummingbird in her intricate necklace is the missing element.  

Hope you have enjoyed our little jaunt into art appreciation.

What kind of art do you appreciate most?  Do you have a favorite painting or artist of all time?