Creepy canvas. In degree of fear, it is even worse than Munch’s other work, Scream. There horror in the face and a silent cry from the canvas makes you close your ears and feel uncomfortable. And here…
This is more than an unpleasant situation. And not a kiss, and not an act of violence, but something incomprehensible, but desperate and woeful.
The history of this canvas is a bit strange. The artist came to visit his colleague and found him squatting in front of a half-naked woman and resting his head on her lap. And she just bent over him and at the same time her hair seemed to envelop the man from above. The feeling that it was pouring blood was imparted due to the color of the hair - fiery red. Munk froze on the threshold, and then whispered to them: “Stop! I’ll sketch! ” And soon, after an hour and a half, the canvas "Vampire" was born. Although in reality it was love, tenderness. But Munch himself perceived love as vampirism, as something evil and foreign to himself. He hated that feeling.
The reasons for this alienation were hidden under his personality. It was generally strange for that time and it seems even now it would hardly be understood. Almost all of his canvases are gloomy, ominously warning about something evil and unpleasant. Here, too, not trying to cover up something beautiful, he makes the background dark black, faces mysteriously strange and almost invisible to us. A creepy, but rational person is more calm, will be able to distinguish hair from the flow of blood, a gentle kiss on the neck from a vampire bite on the neck. Most likely, then froze in these poses, they both talked. This did not interfere with Munch, he just worked and no feelings could fog him.
Munch remained a mystery to us, ordinary people, a mystery that has not yet been revealed. His strange paintings have long been highly appreciated not only by art historians, but also by rich collectors of collections.
Rubens Descent From The Cross