British Museum Says We've Been Getting 'The Scream' Wrong All This Time

By Gary Cutlack on at

Art experts have explained to us common folk that the subject of Edvard Munch classic The Scream is not actually screaming at all. If you hang around with art historians you may already know this or have formed this opinion all by yourself, but it's probably going to be news to the rest of the country.

The British Museum has blagged a loan of the B&W lithograph version of the famous artwork, and has assembled your classic internet list feature to celebrate its official unveiling here on April 11. One of the facts is the bombshell that the figure in The Scream is in fact hearing a scream, perhaps the scream of nature that was already feeling rather besieged by us humans when the artwork was created in the 1890s, and that's why it looks so freaked out. Rephrase your use of the emoji accordingly.

The piece was originally titled The Scream of Nature too, which would've cleared up over a century of confusion, had that name stuck. [British Museum via ITV]