Munch allegedly got the inspiration for this motif during a hike in the hills of Ekeberg. He wrote a text that relates to this episode:
"I was out walking with two friends - the sun began to set - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city - my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety - and I sensed an endless scream passing through nature."
The view from the Ekebergåsen hills
The Scream is mainly an abstraction and an inner landscape, a vision of modern anxiety and alienation. The view from the Ekebergåsen hills is recognisable from the painting, with the bay of Bjørvika and the point where Akershus Fortress is located visible in the background. Although the landscape today is much more urban and developed than in Munch's time, the sweeping lines of the Oslo Fjord and the hills of the city remain the same.
Vantage point inauguration in 2013
As part of the Munch 150 anniversary celebrations throughout 2013, a vantage point was inaugurated inside Ekebergparken, a sculpture park where visitors can admire the view which depicts the backdrop of one of the world’s most famous paintings. Especially at sunset, the sky often turns into the reds and oranges that Munch so vividly captured in Scream.