Munch’s ‘Scream’ stolen

Two armed men entered the Munch Museum in Oslo on Sunday 22 August and stole the world-famous masterpieces "Skrik" (The Scream) and "Madonna".

27/08/2004 :: The masked men threatened staff with a pistol and escaped from the scene in an Audi A6. The police immediately went in pursuit and also informed Interpol and alerted airports and border crossings. In spite of this the thieves got away.

The frames of the paintings were later found in another part of Oslo.

"The Scream" is one of four versions painted by Edward Munch in 1893. The ghostly, agonised figure against the background of a red sunset is one of the most well known images in the world of art - a symbol of despair and alienation.

Both paintings are part of a series about love, fear and death. Both are said to be worth millions of Euros.

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“The Scream” (Edvard Munch, 1893)Photo: Copyright: The Munch Museum /Munch Ellingsen group / BONO 2004

“Madonna” (Edvard Munch, 1894)Photo: Copyright: The Munch Museum /Munch Ellingsen group / BONO 2004