Today I ordered a rubber stamp with Edvard Munch’s “painted by a madman” phrase. When he painted “The Scream”, the original artwork wasn’t received very well by a critique of local artists. One of the folks at the critique questioned his sanity.
So upset by this criticism, Munch went home and hand-wrote “Can only have been painted by a madman” directly onto the painting. For the longest time, nobody knew who wrote the phrase on the painting. Only this year did researchers finally conclude that it was Munch himself who wrote the phrase on the painting.
The madman in the digital world
I took the an image of the painting, enhanced the section with the graffiti, and made it into a transparent PNG. Now anyone can digitally place his phrase onto any image. View my blog post, “Put Edvard Munch’s phrase “painted by a madman” on any artwork“.
I photoshopped the PNG onto paintings by Monet, van Gogh, Cézanne, Kandinsky, Homer, Mondrian, Rembrandt, and de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Getting the madman into the real world
While that was fun digitally, I want to be able to do this in the real world. I researched making a custom rubber stamp with the phrase “Can only have been painted by a madman”.
I tried various sizes 6-inch, 5-inch, 4-inch, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.75, and 1.5.
I liked the 4-inch size, so that’s what I’m getting. Although six-inch would be pretty nice too. We’ll see how the four-inch rubber stamp works when it arrives.
Fun ideas on where to use the Munch Madman rubber stamp
When the rubber stamp arrives, I’ll be able to stamp Munch’s “madman phrase” on letterhead or envelopes and other fun things! If I was going to an art museum, I could pick up their paper guide, and stamp it right onto the guide. I could stamp it on my kids’ artwork, but that wouldn’t be too nice! When I do drawings with my kids, I’ll stamp it on my drawings.
If you’d like a rubber stamp, let me know. I’m thinking of selling the rubber stamps for $30 each.