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Musical instruments and national costumes in painting

Music seen, painting heard in the canvases of contemporaries “Without music, life would have been a mistake” Friedrich Nietzsche It is no coincidence that people playing musical instruments are on canvas. Psychologists have long noted the existence of an inextricable thread between painting and music. Moreover, winged expressions about the “musical palette” or “bright notes in the picture”, “bright sound” or “sonorous color” have long taken root in our language and are not surprising with a pun. Yes, and we ourselves are used to considering notes and colors as something whole.
The fact that music and its sources are inextricably linked with painting is no secret. Moreover, the image of musicians in the canvases of artists of different eras gives an idea of ​​the development of a society, its moral values ​​and, in the end, spiritual education and belonging to the class. Many art historians believe that the image of an instrument or a dancing character in the canvas has some symbolic meaning. They are associated with mythological tales, experiences and love. So, the harp was allocated a special place. In mythology, it was believed that this instrument personifies joy, supposedly a person knew not only suffering, but knew how to have fun, sing and dance.

A reverent attitude towards religion and prejudice gave rise to a lot of complexes among people of the Middle Ages and the ancient era. Representing a musician or dancing heroes, artists put a different meaning into the canvas than our contemporaries. Each instrument was symbolic depending on belonging to a cultural and ethnic layer. The richer the clan, the better the education, including music, therefore, a harpsichord or harp accompanied the nobleman. The higher the estate, the simpler the dance, more modest and slower. And on the contrary, the poor people, balamutes, went on canvases in a frantic dance with a mug of ale to the strings of an old guitar or a kind of violin. A beggar organ grinder made a living by crumbs by twisting the handle of a sad instrument. All this was in the paintings, everything made sense, sounded differently, conveyed the meaning of the work.

Modern art has tamed music and has already ceased to put a special religious meaning in the image of a musician, dancer or singer. Sometimes the paintings are simply a vivid narrative of the everyday hours of a resident of a small town or the embodiment of a momentary thirst for the beautiful and trembling by the author himself (“The Flute Fairy in Red” – Zhukoai, modern painting). Moreover, the ethnos that still lives in the countries of Asia and Africa is not always used by contemporaries for its intended purpose, but it has been turned into a caricature by them and has just a hint of creating a certain ritual (“Dancers” and “Rain Dance” by a Balinese artist in a modern interpretation )

Despite the loss of its former meaning invested in the image of a dance or game, modern artists still cling to writing strange, long-forgotten plucked and wind instruments. In the paintings, zithers take on a new life, and there are tams, dark-skinned musicians cheerfully tapping the motive, and Indonesian dancers reveal the true meaning of ancient temulilingan.

Thanks to the journey of paintings by contemporary authors around the world, we can learn about the culture of other countries, their mores, customs and values. Musical instruments and costumes with national colors, facial expressions of dance, partnership, plastic, ritual jewelry – what could better reveal unfamiliar Africa or a Far Eastern culture for a European?

Girl playing zither
Musical instruments, dances, national costumes in paintings – Girl playing the zither
artist: Yin Young
original: copyright
technique: oil, canvas
size: 60×90 cm
where: in Moscow
online exhibition

[a beautiful Chinese woman in jewelry and silk clothes plays the zither]

Fairy flute in red
Musical instruments, dances, national costumes in paintings – Fairy flutes in red
artist: Zhukay
original: copyright
technique: oil, canvas
size: 90×60 cm
where: china
price with delivery and availability on request.
[traditional dancer costume]

Traditional indonesian dance
Musical instruments, dances, national costumes in the paintings – Traditional Indonesian dance
technique: sand, acrylic on canvas
size: 210X130
ofrm: canvas only
where: bali

[Bali, a very large picture, national dance, exotic, oriental, indonesian, seaside interior design, triptych]

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