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There is a buzz in London: The Scream, one of Edvard Munch’s paintings, is on display in London, before being auctioned in New York, where it will be sold for an amount that defies the understanding. Apparently, you can see it at Sotheby’s, on Bond street. Given that we are talking about an iconic piece of work, security must be extremely tight. But somehow I am glad that this painting is in London for a short while.
For some reason I like The Scream. I can’t put my finger on exactly why. I like the colours, they are a bit like water and fire, and they seem to penetrate each other at every possible opportunity. Apart from the bridge and the perambulating couple, everything is complicated and curvy. And what is this person so scared of? Is it something he/she sees? Is it something inside him/her? This is not a happy story. This is about mental suffering and it should be glum but somehow the colours remain bright and full of life. There is great beauty exuding from this painting, despite its sadness.
Art is completely at home in London. In a way that I had never seen before. Most museums are completely free, you only pay for special exhibitions. This means that you can stay in any London museum as long as you want. Or you can just come for 5 minutes and then go. I like it, because I believe that beauty purifies the soul (I know, I am in an inspired mood today).
As I don’t really have a formal office, I feel like museums are an extension of my house. I pop to the Tate Britain all the time, it is my way to take a break and it is not very far from where I live. I have never had this relationship with museums outside of London. I have discovered fantastic artists such as Turner and Gainsborough simply on my doorstep. So tell me, what’s not to love about London?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • The Homes of the Muses in London are indeed places of wonder and in “Rip off Britain” they are mostly at my most popular price of “Free!” This one is easily the maddest, the most idiosyncratic, the most crowded and, it will not surprise you, also my favourite!

    My second fav. is The Wallace Collection in Manchester Square (just behind Selfridges) where you feel the the wonderous collection is displayed in a great aristocratic house because, well, it is!

    You have to come up in summer en famile so I can show you around Britain’s oldest public museum The Ashmolean and also introduce you & co. to the Dodo!

  • Flora Tonking

    Whilst I’m not the greatest Munch fan, I do like the huge variety of art that the average Londoner can see; just being able to pop in to galleries for the odd half an hour makes them far more accessible than many charging galleries in some other cities. Even commercial galleries offer more opportunities to see lovely pieces for free…aren’t we lucky?

  • SarahHague

    Free museums are one of the most brilliant ideas ever. The fact that you can pop in for 5 minutes makes them as part of your life as the newsagent or supermarket. They are no longer elitist but popular and part of the community. It means that anyone who is interested can go and visit them without fear.

  • I’ve often thought I’d like to have a little flat in a corner of the V & A. They have so much space, they wouldn’t miss one partitioned off bit of a 30 ft high room. I have it all planned, the living area on the ground floor, then up a ladder to the bedroom area, and a skylight area for a comfortable study. When I got tired of working I’d pop out of the door and take a look around one of the galleries.

    I offer this idea to the trustees of the V & A as a novel money making scheme and they can contact me for further info…

    and for the plans…

  • By the way do you live near that absolutely cool little market in Tachbrook St?

  • MuMuGB

    I do and I love it! I highly recommend the £3 falafel!

  • MuMuGB

    So what did they say? It sounds like a brilliant idea! I have often thought of asking the Tate to spare me an office. It would be great!

  • MuMuGB

    It is really great isn’t it? Why haven’t they thought of it in France?

  • MuMuGB

    We are indeed very lucky! I love the variety, and I love the flexibility. Oddly, things are much more complicated in Paris.

  • MuMuGB

    I have to admit that I love being able to go to any museum without having to pay or to spend the day here. There is indeed so much to see in London. The Wallace collection is simply great, I think that I could easily live there…
    It is a real shame that I sometimes have to work….

  • Deborah Lawrenson

    Agree with you about the colours, but there’s something I really don’t like about The Scream – would you want it on your wall? (No sarcasm intended!) If colour floats your boat, DO go and see the Hockney exhibiton at the RA if it’s still on – fabulous.

  • Marie V

    I love free museums, you are right Muriel there ideal for a break, you can just come to relax and recharge or admire the paintings and enjoy beauty.
    I remember seeing this painting in Dublin some years ago, a very interesting one but not my favourite of Munch.

  • I think it is absolutely wonderful that art galleries have become an extension of your office. How exquisite! Every city should have the same policy of free perusal for those who are interested in soaking in artistic genius and ambiance. I love that you love England!

  • MuMuGB

    I have never asked myself whether I wanted it on my wall. The sad reality is that you are probably right, and if I had the money (and I don’t) I wouldn’t buy it. So many other things to do! PS: I loved Hockney!

  • I agree, I think museums are heavenly places, though I don’t go often enough. That’s very exciting about Scream, what an awesome painting. It’s one of a rotating lineup of desktops images I have. I often wonder too, what is it causing such fear …

  • I’m not much of an art expert but I also love The Scream. I don’t know if its the colors or the sort of creepiness of the screamers face. London is on my list of places I definitely want to visit.

  • MuMuGB

    You are so lucky! I had never seen it before. I can’t believe that you saw it in Dublin!

  • MuMuGB

    I never thought that I would say it but yes, I love England. Or rather, I love London!

  • MuMuGB

    Just like you, this painting raises many questions. Maybe that’s what we like about it?

  • MuMuGB

    Do come over and I will show you around!

  • My sister in law said that when her daughter was young in Canada the kids didn’t even wear coats in 30 below. I have been in Canada at 10 below and seen guys in open neck shirts. I suppose some of it must be what you are used to ..I am very glad I didn’t have to get used to that, myself!!!