Fact or Fiction?

Fact or Fiction?
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
— Pablo Picasso

We look at the painting, go mesmerized and wonder what does it depict? Why is the color red? What is the reason that it was brought out?

Sometimes we do not have an answer to satisfy our hungry brains. The reality lies intact with the artist. Here are some of the artworks you are obviously aware of but the facts they behold must be totally hidden. Let’s unleash these extravagant pieces of art.

1. The tumultuous red sky of “The Scream”

Donald Olson, a physics and astronomy professor at Texas State University, and his colleagues determined that the debris and ashes thrown into the atmosphere by the Krakatao Volcanic Eruption in the year 1883 created vivid red twilight in Europe from November 1883 until February 1884. That’s why the very famous Expressionist artist Edvard Munch painted “The Scream” in the year 1893 in Oslo, Norway.

SHHHHH! It’s even said that Munch heard some screaming.


2.  The Girl with the Pearl Earring- Johannes Vermeer

This famous Vermeer’s work of art is also known as the “Dutch Mona Lisa” or “Mona Lisa of the North”. It was rediscovered in 1881 when a collector bought it for 2 1/2 Dutch guilders, which is worth approximately 5 US dollars. If sold today, it would be worth more than $30 million.

Originally, this piece was named “The Girl with a Turban” and in the second half of the 20th century, the name was changed to what it’s currently called.

The beautiful girl in the painting was believed to be Maria, Vermeer’s eldest daughter who was about twelve or thirteen years old by the time his father made the portrait.


3. Matisse’s Le Bateau

Le Bateau ("The Boat") is a paper-cut from 1953 by Henri Matisse. The picture is composed from pieces of paper cut out of sheets painted with gouache, and was created during the last years of Matisse's life.

Le Bateau caused a minor stir when the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which housed it, hung the work upside-down for 47 days in 1961 until Genevieve Habert, a stockbroker, noticed the mistake and notified a guard. Habert later informed the New York Times who in turn notified Monroe Wheeler, the Museum's art director. As a result, the artwork was re-hung properly.


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