Key of Color

The gallery includes famous works of art centered around music but also showing intense and passionate uses of color to further captivate the viewer, for the paintings can't be heard but seen, the colors add an extra element to get the meaning to the viewer.

Early American Tracker Action Pipe Organ, From the collection of: National Music Museum, University of South Dakota
The Early American Tracker Action Pipe Organ is a display of an organ used in early american history. The organ was most likely used for church and is painted a beautiful white color to match the church walls. The white represents innocence and faith and is portrayed brilliantly on the organ.
Still Life with Musical Instruments and Books, Bartholomeo Bettera, Mid-17th century, From the collection of: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Still Life with Musical Instruments and Books is a haunting piece of art by Bartholomeo Bettera. This piece uses dark colors brilliantly to invoke a feeling of darkness and then paints the piano gold almost as if to state that the piano is the prize of the portrait. The use of black and gold gives the painting a mysterious vibe of uncertainty.
Chirmia Music, Eileen Monaghan Whitaker, 22 x 30 in. Watercolor., 1990, From the collection of: The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation
The Chirmia Music is a portrait by Eileen Monaghan Whitaker depicting a man sitting on a chair playing what seems to be a flute. This painting uses simple colors to get the message across. The color isn't done neatly to further show the possible sorrow of the player and the clothes and his surrounding seem to depict a poverty stricken area.
Guitar on a table, Juan Gris, 1915, From the collection of: The Kröller-Müller Museum
Guitar on a table is a cleverly depicted guitar made out of various papers of magazines . The painting uses a lot of inviting colors and variation to make to viewer look closely to make out the shape of the guitar that is being portrayed. The colors are used effectively to make the guitar pop out of nowhere.
Music, Tereza Petricková, 1992, From the collection of: The International Museum of Children's Art
Music is an all out attack on the eyes with so many bright and radiant colors. The painting shows various people dancing and enjoying music in their own way. The artist cleverly puts colors next to each person to further emphasize the emotions they are feeling while dancing. Some people have brighter more happy colors while others have much sadder colors.
Music Machine, Sonni, 2010/2013, From the collection of: graffitimundo
Music Machine is a funky and modern painting by Sonni. The painting depicts various musical instruments, buttons and materials put into a collage of bright and welcoming colors. The colors are used effectively to build contrast between the different elements that are being ported in the collage.
The Five Senses, Hearing, GONZALES COQUES, ca. 1650, From the collection of: Muzeul Național Brukenthal
The Five Senses by Gonzales Coques is a haunting painting showing a man playing a violin. The colors used in this painting work to show the feeling of sadness or depression of the violin player. Putting emphasis on dark colors and the blank stare of the player, the viewer is given a glimpse into not only the player's sadness but the sadness resonating from the music he is playing.
Flute Concert with Frederick the Great in Sanssouci, Adolph Menzel, 1850 - 1852, From the collection of: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
This flute concert is a very beautiful and dark piece of art as it depicts an 18th century private concert unfolding. The use of colors portray a dark atmosphere almost convincing the viewer that a beautiful yet sad piece of music is being played to the crowd of aristocrats.
Benny Goodman, René Robert Bouché, 1960, From the collection of: Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
Benny Goodman depicts a musician playing a flute. The colors are interesting in this one as they seem dark but not too dark. They seem to be forming an aura of uncertainty and mystery surrounding the artist playing music. The colors and painting are all smudge almost giving the feeling that the artist has completely lost himself and become devoured by the music.
The Gold Scab: Eruption in Frilthy Lucre (The Creditor), James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1879, From the collection of: de Young museum
An almost disturbing depiction of a musician playing the piano in a deranged state is being portrayed in this painting by James Abbott McNeill. The colors used in this painting are very dark to the point that the piano and legs of the musician are barely visible. The colors create an atmosphere that almost provokes fear into the viewer.
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