Bluesy Soul Expressions - Cesar Sanchez

This gallery includes representations of the contemporary music culture, specifically of jazz and blues. Both genres of music are very expressive and involve soulful interpretations from the musicians. Very popular during the first half of the 20th century, jazz and blues are considered as the fundament of modern music and pop culture. This collection includes paintings and other mediums. 

Jazz II depicts three saxophone players performing with soulful expression. They are dressed with suits as normally professional jazz performers are. Two musicians are standing and the third musician is facing to the opposite side. Straight vertical lines illustrate the musicians and some curved lines illustrate the instruments. The artist used mostly different values and intensity of blue, some red, green and yellow.
Street Musicians depicts a couple of musicians playing in the street. A woman is playing the guitar and a man is playing some kind of percussion. Both well dressed, a characteristic of blues musicians. The artists used very little varieties of values and intensities of colors, though, a strong contrast of different hues.
This artwork depicts a man playing a piano with a soulful expression in his face. A man playing the piano is very common in blues and jazz performances. In the middle – right part of the painting we have some abstract symbols representing musical notes. The artists used diagonal lines to illustrate the musician. A combination of thin and thick black lines is used to represent the shape of the character.
The guitarist depicts a man dressed like a blues man, sitting playing an acoustic guitar. The surface or environment of where the musician is sitting is not clear. The drawing was done using only black ink on a light brown paper. The artists drew a combination of straight and curved short lines to illustrate the musician.
The Jazz Musicians depicts a jazz band performing at a nightclub or concert hall. The basic configuration of a jazz band can be appreciated: three brass players, one double-bass player a piano player and probably a drummer. The proportion between the musicians creates an interesting space where the entire band seems to be compressed in a small stage.
Benny Goodman depicts the legendary jazz musician Benny Goodman; also know as The King of Swing, playing the clarinet. Goodman was one of the biggest jazz musicians and bandleaders of the last century, especially during the 1940’s. The environment around Goodman is not clear, which bring the whole attention to the musician’s figure.
Rural Musicians depicts a rural band performing around a table. In the beginning of the 20th century this rural performances marked the beginning of jazz and blues, inspiring the creation of new modern genres. Only thick black lines illustrate the musicians. The drawing was done using only black ink on a light brown paper.
Harmonica Player depicts a person playing the harmonica, while the side of another face seems to be in the left of the surface. The harmonica is one of the main instruments used in blues music. The figures are very abstract, which makes it not clear to identify the elements of the drawing. The artist used different intensities of red and black to illustrate the artwork.
Jazz Born Here depicts the well-known jazz piano player Oscar Peterson playing the piano. Peterson is surrounded by blue, purple and black figures that represent the jazz nightlife in which he used to live. The soul of his performances is represented in this artwork. The proportion between Oscar and the rest of the artwork adds depth.
The Band depicts a Jazz orchestra performing in the background, while more in the foreground, two women dancing along with the music. The painting shows the entire brass section while the strings section of the band is cut in the right side. The artist used a combination of vertical and diagonal lines to represent the artwork.
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