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Munch’s The Scream was probably inspired by rare clouds

It’s not every day that weather buffs get to comment on famous artwork. But now scientists have proposed that Edvard Munch’s iconic painting The Scream was inspired by a rare weather phenomenon known as “mother-of-pearl” clouds, BBC reports. The painting’s wavy, brightly colored sky strongly resembles observations made in December 2014 in Norway of the stratospheric clouds occasionally spotted near sunrise or sunset, the team writes this week in Weather. The authors suggest that mother-of-pearl clouds were Munch’s inspiration, rather than the red skies from the volcanic effects of the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883, like other teams have speculated.

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