At sanity’s edge: Edvard Munch, chronicler of New Albany’s mercifully concluded Bicentennial.


The documentary is called The Post-Impressionists: Munch, and it’s a good introduction to the life and work of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, who you know because of the ubiquity of this image.

Munch painted The Scream in 1893, exactly eight decades after the Scribners mistakenly washed ashore in far-off Indiana, and 120 years before New Albany’s wasted Bicentennial prompted this Munch/Caesar remix.

We’re all here because we’re not all there.

For those belatedly tuning in, the buildings shown in the background were to have been the triumphant River View “upscale” housing development on the waterfront, which later was moved to the Coyle site and renamed Break Wind.

Meanwhile, returning to Munch’s native land, so very far away from New Gahania …

A serene escape for Scream painter Edvard Munch, by Lisa Strømme (The Guardian)

Edvard Munch, the troubled genius who gave us The Scream, an artist who made a living out of his own anxiety, actually spent much of his time in the tranquil coastal paradise of Åsgårdstrand. A steep town carved into Norway’s southern shore, it’s still the stuff of love affairs.