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Elizabeth Peyton, Julian, 2006, Ukiyo-e woodcut, Leslie Sacks Gallery.  Click to inquire.

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Daniel F. Gerhartz, Inheritance, Oil on linen, Eckert & Ross Fine Art.  Click to inquire. 

Feeling a bit musical this March (most definitely influenced by binge-watching Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle), this month’s post highlights the cross-cultural disciplines of music and art.  While we covered dance a little while back and even paired certain artworks with a curated soundtrack, the depiction of music within art reflects the multiplicity of passions throughout various art forms. Whether depicting one belting out lyrics mid-song, pairs engaging in the collaborative recital of a concerto or perhaps persuasively trying to get out of practice, the art of music, demonstrates the luxury of leisure. 3-15-3

John Hubbard Rich, The Violin Lesson, Oil on canvas, George Stern Fine Arts.  Click to inquire. 3-15-4

Stephen Mackey, Song, Oil on panel, Arcadia Contemporary.  Click to inquire

One thinks of Gilded Age portraits, its nineteenth-century subjects enjoying music as a visual indicator of their status: reflective of their worldly, cultural self. Additionally, the musical additions featured in “Nature morte au trombone” by Claude Vénard from Guarisco Gallery is a modern take on the still-life, where old Dutch Masters’ depictions of musical instruments with broken cords was a memento mori, reflective of the temporality of life.

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Jan Matulka, Owl and Violin, Oil on canvas, David Cook Fine Art. Click to inquire

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Claude Vénard, Nature morte au violon (Still-life with Violin), ca. 1940, Oil on masonite, Guarisco Gallery. Click to inquire.

 

Artworks with themes of song and sound, cannot firstly, capture their auditory qualities; however, its visual representation becomes an identifier, a glance into the subject. Even more so, while you can't hear the saxophone in Nothing Gets Past Mrs. Hussey, the funkiness of its visual composition will always vibrate through.

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Andres Nagel, Nothing Gets Past Mrs. Hussey, Mixed media and oil on polyester and fiberglass. Tasende Gallery.  Click to inquire.

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