The Music in art

The purpose behind this Music in Art gallery is to provide an explanation for how music can relate to art.  The gallery includes all sorts of different varieties of artwork, from an assortment of artists.  But there is common ground found between all of the works in that there is a song to fit every piece of art.  Music is timeless, and does not need to be of the same century in order to have connections to a work of art.  Music is another form of art.  It is art that we cannot feel or touch, but can provide us with an aesthetic experience all the same.  This gallery is an attempt to form a bridge between music and tangible art.  [There are URLs included because the videos were not working for me.]

This piece is a small watercolor and charcoal from around 1909. In contrast to the other works of art in this gallery, The Piano Lesson is not connected to music via a specific song, rather it is actually depicting the production of music. This is a piece of art showing the creation of art.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zLfCnGVeL4 The Scream is a pastel on board from 1895. This work depicts a hairless figure standing on a bridge of pier of some sort. The work is full of emotion. The man has his hands on his head and appears to be screaming. However, one very striking element of the work is that it seems like there is no sound coming from him. Like in the song Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel, the silence grows like a cancer. It is like the man is trying his hardest to scream, and get something important across to other people, but everyone around him is hearing without listening and talking without speaking.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3uaXCJcRrE This piece is an oil on canvas from 1888. It is a very lonely picture, which immediately connects it to the song Fire and Rain by James Taylor. In the song, a woman named Suzanne died. James Taylor writes about how he has seen many lonely times, but he always thought that he would see her again. This painting shows a void, an emptiness, like something dear is gone. The lines are skewed, making it look like it is just not quite right. In the same way, the death of a dear friend can cause an emptiness in our hearts, and give the world a skewed look.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Itt02QOO0 This piece is an oil on canvas from 1884. This painting depicts many people relaxing and enjoying a Sunday at a park. However, when one looks at this picture, while the setting ought to be pleasant, every person in the piece looks rigid and absolutely alone. The song Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles immediately comes to mind. It brings up the fact that while there are people everywhere, many of them are lonely people, and there's no telling where they may have come from.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1pp61kdTFk This work is an oil on canvas from 1885. It illustrates birds locked up in a cage. This connects easily to the song One Day I'll Fly Away by Nicole Kidman. The song is about a young woman with many dreams, thinking about the day when she will break free from the chains that bind her. The birds in the painting are locked up, and can only dream about being free. This also connects with the fact that the artist of this work is a woman in the 1800s. At the time, it was definitely a struggle for her to follow her own dreams, and break away from the restraints of a society biased against women.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsxfvwuCqxo The Starry Night is an oil on canvas painted in 1889. It depicts a starry night in a swirling blue sky, with a village down below, and a cypress tree in the foreground. As opposed to the rest of the pieces in this gallery, the song Vincent by Don McLean is actually specifically about this piece of artwork, and the artist, van Gogh. The song describes the pain that van Gogh went through during his life, and how his gift was never appreciated until his death. Like in the painting, van Gogh was not close to the village, and the confusion of this life is reflected in the swirling blue of the sky and the vagueness of the stars.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w1Iu8gcpW8 Paths of Glory is an oil on canvas painted in 1917. It is a depiction of a battleground with two dead soldiers lying in the dirt. It paints a very grim picture of war, and makes one wonder if war is ever worth the toll it takes on humanity, which brings in the song General by Dispatch. In this song, a very seasoned general has a dream that convinces him that the war is not worth fighting. These young men are far more valuable, and they need to be living.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg9_Lx2AWaE This work is a gouache on paper, done in 1911. It is a painting of Fifth Avenue in New York City. It is clearly a very busy place, and the cars are moving quickly down the road. The song The Times They Are a-Changin' by Bob Dylan complements this painting nicely. The song points out that the world is constantly changing, and you have got to keep up, or you will get left behind. Like New York City, the world is a bustling place, full of people and action. And like the cars in the painting, the world is moving quickly, and "the first one now will later be last, for the times they are a-changing."
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