Oil on canvas
94 x 73 cm
Evening on Karl Johan
on Oct 18, 2006:
I’m doing an Art assignment on the Role of an Artist and I am using Munch
as a point of proof. I agree with Brian in some ways about "Anxiety" but
also disagree with the idea of peer pressure being the main feeling portrayed
in this work. I feel that it is actually his anxiety due to his agriphobia and
he may possibly have also suffered from the fear of people. (I can’t remember
what they call it... :s) they all have blank expressions as he sees them as not
caring. When he would have an anxiety attack on this particular bridge no body
would help. They would just keep on walking past him. So it is also possible
that rather than fearing people he grew to hate them for not being concerned
for others around them.
wrote on Jan 9, 2002:
I feel that this painting is about Munch's life. He is so different,
yet he doesn't want to express it and he goes on that bridge that
his anxiety scenes take place. He's trying to show us that the
bridge of troublesome thoughts can come from peer pressure...
Everyone's expressions are blank. But they don't care, they just
keep on walking. (Please e-mail me if you disagree or want to
Watt wrote on Mar 10, 2001:
The scene is of a crowd walking toward a destination. They are
so packed on the common bridge of "The Scream" and "Despair" that
they cannot turn around and walk away. The destination is the
audience of the painting. The characters are looking to the viewer.
"What do they want? What are they looking at? They looking at
me," hence anxiety.
wrote on Mar 26, 2001:
How fitting for this collection of people to be crossing a bridge
in a group. Is the anxiety from not being able to move in any
direction but forward? Or does it come from the knowledge that
they must move forward to cross the bridge. Much like life. Nowhere
for them to go but forward and not other choice but to press forward.
For them they have but no choice to confront what waits for them
at the end of the bridge. Death?
Edvard Munch: The Frieze