The Easel

“Munch and Expressionism” at The Neue Galerie, New York

It might be said that Edvard Munch had one brief shining moment. When he painted The Scream in 1983, he amplified van Gogh’s ideas about expressive distortion to create modern art’s defining image of inner conflict. After that – the bulk of his career – came little else. “An inherent parochialism both powered his vision and prevented a full reckoning with Modernism.  The post-1900 canvases are … a mish-mosh”.