MUSIKALITY

An international collection of music related artwork from renaissance to modern history.  A step into the minds of artists throughout history who have uniquely merged movement and color, with the love of music, into the beauty of their paintings.

This painting shows movement in the hands of the angel with the left hand holding a chord and the right hand lightly strumming. The artist also implies movement and action with the intent focus of the angel on the instrument fretboard while playing what appears to be her newly discovered earthly instrument. The artist finely selects the red hues in the wings and the angels hair to not clash, but to balance with the yellow brown natural wood of the instrument.
This painting shows movement with several figures holding instruments using playing movements by the hands. The artist uses subdued colors, but of a discriminating palette combination of rust, beige, and green to coordinate with the yellow brown of the instruments. The artist implies dimensionality through the use of contrast with lighter colors for the figures in the 'front' and darker colors for figures in the 'rear' of the painting.
The artist uses movement in the playing actions of the instrumentalists as well as the portrayal of the clothing and the angles of the figures engaged in the song and dance. The artist employs a color palette which compliments the necessary yellow brown of the instrument colors and the light blue sky background. The artist employs linear perspective in the lines of the balcony railings to show the dimensional illusion of looking upward to a balcony high above the viewer.
The artist uses movement in this painting through the use of natural positioning of the arms holding the bagpipe, the leaning of the player into act of squeezing the instrument, and the natural motion of the lips and cheeks as the player is in the process of blowing and playing the bagpipe. The artist employs unique textured earth tones to both complement the dark yellow of the wood but also the dark brown of the bagpipe bag. The artist implies a common man with uncommon skills and love of his craft.
The artist uses movement with the player holding the instrument in an act of playing, but seemingly paused to engage the viewer for a moment. Movement is also shown with the lady raising the glass as if to toast the performance. The artist uses subdued but very complementary red, yellow and green palette colors to coordinate with the necessary yellow brown of the instrument wood.
The artist uses movement through the display of several characters playing instruments, raising the hands as if to conduct and in the act of sounding percussion items. The colors and dimensions are interesting, with the artist minimizing the instrument focus and instead using bright reds to showcase the status of the participants and also the blue and pink to highlight a particular higher status or celebration of the 'honorees' in the left portion of the painting under the special canopy.
The artist uses movement through the blurred angled lines of implied motion in the painting. The hands are portrayed in the direct act of playing with the head of the artist bent slightly backwards in the act of passionately playing the song. The artist uses a subdued and rustic color palette as if to show a common street artist plying his craft alone, in his own world, and in peaceful bliss shown by the contented smile of the performer.
The artist uses movement as demonstrated in the act of the player holding the flute-like instrument to the lips. Movement is also seen in the hands and expressions of the figures. The uniquely Japanese colors and lines portray the ornate silk garments, the well groomed hair with hairpieces and the fine skin of the ladies in a garden-like and affluent setting.
The artist uses movement through the distinct positioning of the arms, legs and the suspended body angles of the figures. This is a beautiful accounting of the act of playing, song and dance in random, but rhythmic motion. The artist uses a simple but effective color palette, with the white garments common to all of the figures showing their working status and common place and purpose. The artist employs impressionist style to this Asian themed celebratory folk event and implies to me the European style influences on Asian art in the early 20th Century.
The artist uses a unique combination of mirrored symmetry and patterns with multiple 'frames' of the arms and drumsticks to imply up and down motion in the act of playing the drum. This is an uncommon way in art to imply motion in a single frame and simulates multiple animated frames in rapid movement. The artist employs a balanced and complementary color palette of rustic yellow reds to offset the blue and green of the clothing. It is noteworthy that the artist changed the drum color to match the scheme rather than go with a stark contrast of a lighter and realistic drum head.
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