It’s only December 2nd and already I miss November is National Blog Posting Month. I’ve decided to make up my own month although I won’t be posting every day: December is Third Anniversary of this Blog Month.
I was flipping through the pages of National Geographic’s Traveler, and as it turns out, December is Edvard Munch’s 150th Birthday Month in Oslo, Norway. I was a bit surprised, though, Traveler made a mistake about the National Gallery mounting such masterpieces as the most recognized version of the”Scream.” The gallery is in Washington, D.C. and they held their 150th anniversary tribute May 19–July 28, 2013.
The Traveler is right in that “Scream” sold for $119.9 million at auction in 2012. I have a July 11, 2012 post about the sale on The Scream Thickens! The anonymous buyer at Sotheby’s auction in May turned out to be New York financier Leon Black, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The identity of the buyer—who set a record for a work of art sold at auction—had been one of the art world’s most closely guarded secrets since the dramatic, 12-minute sale in May. Now a new parlor game will begin: guessing where the iconic artwork ends up.
Well, if Leon Black bought the most recognized version of “Scream,” we can assume he loaned it to the National Gallery in May through July 2013.
NOTE: Edvard Munch portrayed many scenes of the Oslofjord. “The Ladies on the Bridge” are at Bjørvika’s burgeoning waterfront (if Traveler is to be believed), site of Oslo’s Opera House.