"As a painter, I allowed myself to see considerable parallels between the subject of research of Grigori Perelman, Alexander Scriabin, and Nikola Tesla. Abstract geometry of shapes, colorful light wave of music, and Tesla’s electromagnetic field of ether sang in unison in me like an orchestra". (Arsen Levonee). Dedicated to one of the greatest composer in history, Alexander Scriabin.

In my opinion, one of the artistic achievements of Scriabin was his desire to structurally deprive the music of harmony, thereby enhancing its expressiveness. The very attempt to gradually "subtract” the elements of harmony from music implies an attempt to uncover the secret of harmony, thus shedding light on the process of creativity. Such a task was feasible also to Kazimir Malevich, who was doing something similar in the paintings, by structurally depriving them of emotional tone, enhancing their value and meaning, and by doing so, liberating the value of color from the oppression of form.

"Mysteria", which was Scriabin’s fantasy about the musical theatre of light that was meant to be performed by all the people of the planet at the same time, can be compared to Tesla’s idea of giving everybody free electricity, which, he believed, was is abundance in this world, and could be send through the air, via ether, to every corner of the planet.

Lucas Debargue playing Alexander Scriabin's "Sonate № 4". Video can be viewed on YouTube.

Vladimir Horowitz playing Alexander Scriabin "Vers La Flamme".

Scriabin liked one of his photos. It is hanging over his bed in the museum. This is the only photo that he did not pose for, but instead was "caught" in the most intimate moment -- while creating, composing. After all, he has never seen himself from that point of view. Shaggy hair, sloppy clothes ... I left the museum, taking with me the look from that photo… and returned with a painting. This painting is an attempt to turn off music and understand engineer-dreamer Scriabin. It is like covering a huge wave of ocean during the storm with a giant blanket and knowing that it is nonetheless there ...

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History of painting "Alexander Scriabin".


Arsen Levonee

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