On This Day in History – May 7

There are four versions of Edvard Munch’s iconic painting The Scream.  Three ofthe paintings hang in public museums.  Two of these have been stolen and recovered.  One of the heists was resolved on May 7, 1994.  Edward Dolnick’s The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece paints a compelling picture of the incident.   But don’t take my word for it.  As author Mary Roach enthuses:

“The Rescue Artist is a masterpiece. Engrossing, entertaining, often surreally hilarious.”

Case The Rescue Artist at LibraryThing 

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For further insight into man, muse, and masterpiece; you might also consider checking out Sue Prideaux’s acclaimed Edvard Munch: Behind The Scream.  According to a Booklist starred review:

“As Prideaux vividly chronicles Munch’s tumultuous life in turbulent times in Norway, Paris, and Berlin, the reader’s appreciation of this bold spirit who risked all to descend into the realm of archetypes and create art depicting “the secret life of the soul” grows exponentially.”

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