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Interpreting music into abstract art, project for 6-8 art students

Lindsey Foushee

on 6 October 2015

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Transcript of ART + MUSIC

Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky wanted to archive the visual equivalent of writing a symphony with his paintings. Inspired by a performance of Wagner’s Lohengrin, the artist used colors and shapes to evoke sounds and named his paintings as if they were musical pieces.
Alphonse Mucha
Mucha was an Art Nouveau (1880s-1910s) artist from the Czech Republic. In Paris, he met a famous actress named Sarah Bernhardt. During their collaboration, he designed posters advertising 6 of her plays, as well as sets and costume designs.
Isadora Duncan
At the beginning of the 20th century, Isadora Duncan was a world-famous dancer who helped to invent modern dance.
Listen to the following pieces of music. Using only lines, colors, and shapes, try to visually describe what you are hearing.

Use separate paper for each musical selection.
Inspiration for artwork comes from many places. Many times, art inspires new art. There are many fields in art, like dance, music, theater, and visual arts, and they often collide as artists collaborate or experience the work of someone else.
Artist Abraham Walkowitz made a series of sketches and watercolor paintings trying to capture her graceful movements.
Composition 8, 1923
Gorge Improvisation, 1914
"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposely, to cause vibrations in the soul."
–Vasily Kandinsky, The Effect of Color, 1911
Henri Matisse
Near the end of his career, Matisse was inspired by the new sounds of jazz to create a book entitled "Jazz," featuring a series of over 100 paper cutouts. Earlier in his career, he was one of several famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel, to design costumes for the Russian Ballet.
Gerald Finzi- Five Bagatelles
Chopin- Sonata No.5
Vivaldi- Mandolin Concerti
Choose your favorite to enhance as a piece of nonobjective art.
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