Arts

 
Music and Art: Mendelssohn and Leighton

In our series on Music and Art, we’ve been looking at works of music inspired by works of art. The influence also goes the other way, where works of art have been inspired by music. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) came from [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 27th, 2015
 
Music and Art: Pollock

In this series on Music and Art, we’ve mainly been looking at representational pictures (people, trees, and landscapes). When we look at an artist from the world of abstract expressionism, all of our horizons open wide. Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) was [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 20th, 2015
 
Claude Debussy – Music and the Artists of the Fin de Siècle

In 1902, after the successful debut of his opera Pelléas and Mélisande, Claude Debussy published many articles as a music critic under the pseudonym Monsieur Croche (similar to Paul Valéry’s pseudonym ‘Monsieur Teste’) in the ‘Revue Blanche’ and other publications. [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | December 13th, 2015
 
Music and Art: O’Keeffe

The American West was a unique inspiration for a number of artists, but it is in the work of the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe that a new eye was cast on the broad horizons. Her three watercolors from 1917, Light [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 6th, 2015
 
Music and Art – Watteau

Watteau, in many ways, was a painter of rococo love. His pink and frothy paintings overflow with courting couples and cupids galore. His 1717 painting, L’Embarquement pour Cythère (The Embarkation for Cythera) is such a work, with cupids circling in [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | November 21st, 2015
 
Variations on a Subject in Poetry, Music and Art

In 1894, the French writer and poet Stéphane Mallarmé gave a lecture in Oxford and Cambridge, England, about the relationship between music and literature, in which he alluded to the origin of the artistic creation — the ‘trace’ — whether [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | November 15th, 2015
 
Music and Art: Goya II

We looked earlier at the Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828) and how his ‘maja’ pictures influenced the 20th century Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916) to create his Goyescas.

by Maureen Buja | November 1st, 2015
 
Franz Berwald: Naïve Symphony

Within the context of fine arts, the term naïve is used to describe artists who work in an unsophisticated style with a child-like simplicity. Frequently such works ignore artistic conventions like the rules of perspective, and employ strong patterns and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 24th, 2015