Thursday, May 03, 2012

What if Edvard Munch Had Access to Xanax?

Edvard Munch, The Scream, Circa 1900. Or, how some folks feel when driving in Miami.

A pastel version of Edvard Munch's The Scream recently sold at a Sotheby's auction in London for a record $120 million to an anonymous bidder, according to BBC News.  That's a lot of clams for a painting that depicts the artist's moment of "trembling with anxiety" as he walked through a park.

I wonder if we'd have this iconic work of art if he'd been on Xanax, avoiding the most famous panic attack of all time? In making us run from fear and doubt, do pharmaceuticals dumb us down and make drones out of artists?

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