Expressionism is an art movement originating from Germany in the 20th century. Expressionism paintings typically show reality in a highly distorted and exaggerated way through intense colours and dramatic brush strokes. Expressionist painters often sought to project their inner thoughts, ideas and emotional experiences into their work in order to create a personal and subjective piece of art in contrast to previous popular styles of realistic art.

The image is a section of one of four versions of 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch in which the dramatic red of the sky and the central figure's agonised expression seek to express the anxiety of the painter to the viewer.