The Movement Behind the Music - Jenna Williams

When you think about dancing, much of that movement stems from the music that is being played in the background. This gallery was inspired by artist's incredible ability to capture these movements within their paintings. These paintings range in dates from 1850 all the way to 2007, and represent different cultures from around the world.

This painting depicts a group of old Korean farmers dancing in what looks to be a field, while they are working. The texture is very dominant, especially on the bottom near their feet.
This painting was created by Darsie Japp during the first World War. I love this painting because the movement within the horse's stride is portrayed so well. Also, it reminds us that music continues to be a sense of peace and healing, even during the hardest times such as a war.
Although this painting is from The International Museum of Children's Art, it's one of my favorites in my gallery. The bright and vibrant colors makes it stand out amongst the rest. It almost reminds me of a childhood dance that I went to where most people were standing off to the side, but there was one fearless kid who got out in the middle and started the party.
This painting done by Pierre Auguste Renoir is a great example of how music has the ability to sweep you away and create a lighter atmosphere for everyone. The contrast of warm and light between his tux and her dress is very noticeable, but both seem to be very happy and content with the moment.
This to me looks like a group of six ballerinas dancing to the choreography that they learned. The reason I say this is because the artist, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, used a lot of repetition while painting their bodies. With the placement of their arms and legs, this leads me to believe that the dancers are in sync.
I believe that this piece of art by Julio Romero De Torres is the best example of spatial perspective within my gallery. The woman striking a pose in the front appears to be larger, as well as closer because of her placement within the image. She is the only one standing up tall, as the rest are either laying, squatted, or crouched.
This creation of a Music and Dance teacher giving a lesson to kids, does not necessarily represent music, but is very soothing and calm. I love the neutral colors, from the background to the outfits of both the students and teacher. It's obvious that the students are very interested and have a desire to learn.
Much like the painting of the ballerinas, this image of a war dance being executed represents a strong since of repetition. Another noticeable formal element in this piece is the line work that Tommy McCrae created. The legs are all in perfect V like shapes, and the lines coming out of what looks like their faces, are hard and distinguished.
I think that this painting by Petr Jedlička is so interesting in unique. First of all, his decision to use mostly greys and blues with only a pop of color in the woman's hair and on the floor has me pondering. I don't know why he chose to do so, but I respect it because it makes for a beautiful abstract piece of art.
This Painting of Dancing Gopi is from India, which I believe is part of where the pattern within her dress comes from. I've noticed that a lot of the paintings from this part of the world all have distinct patterns, big or small. I think the flow in her dress and arm placement depicts a beautiful movement and reminds me of the traditional Indian dancing that I love to watch.
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