Oooooh….an article (click through) about Munch’s “The Scream” being auctioned mentions the Silence….or does it?
From the article:
While The Scream’s fame is undeniable, its ubiquity and widespread popularity are, at least on the surface, more difficult to explain.
An icon of misery and desperation makes for an unlikely decorative addition to the typical living room wall, after all.
“I think this compulsion to look at things that trouble us is a fundamental part of the human condition. If you go to WH Smiths or Waterstones you find all these books on sale about abused children. The whole myth and industry around Vincent van Gogh is based on the same thing.”
Perhaps for this reason, The Scream’s influence on modern art has been considerable, as seen in Francis Bacon’s Screaming Popes series, Picasso’s Guernica and, of course, Andy Warhol’s silk prints of Munch’s work.
Popular culture has embraced the iconography, from the mask in Wes Craven’s Scream films to the Munch-inspired alien villains The Silence in Doctor Who. Munch himself was the first to produce this image in bulk, creating four versions - two paintings and two pastels - between 1893 and 1910, as well as a lithograph.
According to the “Doctor Who in America” special after The Day of the Moon episode premier, the concept for the Silents was inspired by Edvard Munch’s famous masterpiece.
Canton: “How long have they been here? … How long do you think?”
The Doctor: “As long as there’s been something out of the corner of your eye, or creaking in your house, or breathing under your bed, or voices through a wall.”