Munch, Edvard – The scream
Type of Spiritual Experience
Matt Haig - Reasons to stay alive
Sometimes the links between depression, anxiety and productivity are undeniable. Think of Edvard Munch's omnipresent painting The Scream, for instance. Not only is this a most accurate visual depiction of what a panic attack feels like, but it was also - according to the artist himself - directly inspired by a moment of existential terror. Here is the diary entry:
I was walking down the road when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fiord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous, infinite scream of nature.
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