Visiting the Edward Munch exhibit at SFOMA for a second time was enthralling, and half the fun was watching the reactions of people seeing the paintings for the first time.
They are shocking and expressively neurotic, causing a lot of people to look away.
They are also intensely vibrant and beautiful.
Watching people pair up with certain paintings was also fascinating.
The exhibit is not for everyone. My Philistine spouse's bored reaction was, "He sure does a lot of self-portraits, doesn't he?"
My reaction was, "Why isn't Munch ranked with Gauguin and Van Gogh? I had no idea he was this great."
Munch donated all his paintings on his death to the municipality of Oslo before World War II was finished, which means they are public and well taken care of, but most people in the world have not seen them in person. So get your body down to SFMOMA or be prepared to travel to Oslo.