The Easel

Edvard Munch’s The Scream Arrives in New York Just in Time for Existential-Dread Season

Sex and psychological turbulence animated Munch’s art. His startling imagery provided a role model for artists such as Kirschner, Beckmann and Schiele. Their work was tapping into larger themes roiling society such as urbanization and the role of women. But Munch remained immersed in his personal dramas making each of his works, in the words of one critic, feel like “a one-off personal emergency.”