Nasjonalgalleriet

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

Edvard Munch's The Scream, Nasjonalgalleriet, Universitetsgata 13, 0164 Oslo, Norway

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,

Christian Krohg's Albertine in the Police Surgeon's Waiting-Room, Nasjonalgalleriet, Universitetsgata 13, 0164 Oslo, Norway

This debt we pay to human guile;

Edvard Munch's Madonna, Nasjonalgalleriet, Universitetsgata 13, 0164 Oslo, Norway

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

Christian Krohg's Maleren Gerhard Munthe, Nasjonalgalleriet, Universitetsgata 13, 0164 Oslo, Norway

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

From Paul Laurence Dunbar’s We Wear the Mask (1896)

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