The Scream was painted by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in 1893. Munch was a leading symbolist painter of his time, whose work explored themes of angst, anxiety and death.
The painting depicts a figure standing on a bridge in a cityscape, with a turbulent sky in the background. The figure is shrouded in an ominous, greenish-yellow hue, which is often interpreted to be an indication of distress and anxiety. The figure is looking directly at the viewer, with their hands covering their face and an open mouth, appearing to be in a state of despair and horror.
The painting is believed to be part of a series of works by Munch known as The Frieze of Life, which were inspired by a recurrent nightmare Munch experienced throughout his life. In the painting, Munch is attempting to explore his fear of death as a result of a personal trauma involving the death of his mother and sister.
The painting has since become a global symbol of alienation and modern anxiety. It has become one of the most renowned paintings of all time, with many reproductions and copies in circulation. The painting is often used in popular culture and its image has been referenced in music, film, and other forms of media.
The original painting is currently held in the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway.