Hunger and Desperation

While touring Oslo, I visited Norway’s National Museum of Art several times. “The Scream” and other paintings by Edvard Munch have their own room on the 2nd floor.

The first time at the gallery the above painting grabbed my attention and my imagination. Not sure which artist painted this nor do I know the time period it depicts or its title. What I do know is that it’s not a settling, calming painting. The artist projects the city, hunger, cold, and uncertainty. There’s a section of Oslo’s main street, Karl Johan’s Gate,  that looks like this area. Also, in looking at it again I  notice that it’s women/ housewives competing for an allotment of milk. If you had asked me about it away from the painting, I recall a number of young people vying for a spot in line. It appears the young here are marginal and frustrated in this hectic scene.

 

3 Replies to “Hunger and Desperation”

  1. I agree. It is a compelling painting which leads us to learn more.

  2. I do enjoy your writing and thoughts such a sweet soul yet a little devilish insightful and witty

    1. Loren Elkin says: Reply

      Julie, there’s something about the way you write, wonderful. Thanks for the comments, and I hope you continue to open the blog. May I ask where you’re from and how you came across this site? And also may I say that you’re a prime candidate for the lady on the plane sitting next to the know it all, the one called A Test of Wills. This may be my Midwestern humor streak, subtle and yet with a twinkle. Thanks for writing. I live in central Wisconsin.

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