The influence of Music on Art
The influence of Music on Art
An invisible but tangible line has always been raised between music and art but as seen last week through the iconic music covers, music and art can successfully co-work together. Music has always been a source of great inspiration for artists and has influenced their work in many ways whether it be in their reinterpretations of colours shapes or lighting. Music stimulates and nurtures the imagination. It is absorbed, processed and then recreated under a different form of art.
Discover more about the influence of music on art; we have picked paintings which we think have been greatly influenced by music:
Kandinsky – “Composition VII” (1913)
Wassily Kandinsky was one of the pioneers of the art movement that tried to recreate a visual equivalent experience of composing a symphony within his paintings. The artist wanted to emphasise and replicate the emotions felt while listening to beautiful music into its paintings. He was not only a painter but also a pianist composer. Kavinsky transposed the process of composing music to his process of composing a painting to achieve an emotional experience. “Composition VII” is part of his “Compositions” series and is considered as one of his masterpieces. The pictures give the impression of a dynamic movement. “Composition VII” has been mainly influenced by Schoenberg’s polyphonic music. We can find in both the same unresolved dissonance aspect, harmonics and visual graphics don’t meet, blend and conclude in an expected way.
Picasso – “Three Musicians” (1921)
Picasso always enjoyed music among many other things. This masterpiece of the famous Spanish artist belongs to his late Cubist period and can be interpreted as an homage to the bohemian life. It is believed to be a representation of himself as a Harlequin, Guillaume Apolllinaire as Pierrot and Max Jacob as a monk. Picasso was inspired by the Ballets Russes production of Stravisnky’s Pulcinella. Two versions of this painting have been produced: One is now displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, the other can be found at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Chagall – “The Triumph of Music” and “The Sources of Music” (1967)
Music was omnipresent in his life, his work and was an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Marc Chagall. His style found roots in his experience at the Moscow State Jewish Theatre where he created scenery and costumes. Among his most famous and recognized works were the mural paintings The Triumph of Music and The Sources of Music at the Metropolitan Opera House. He tried to convey his own interpretation of music within these works. The Triumph of Music pictures composers and famous theatre scenes. The Sources of Music on its behalf is mainly inspired by Mozart’s works. These two works denotes this lyrical style and affection for biblical themes.
So, on a similar scale as the environment or life experiences, music plays a great role not only as a source of inspiration but also influence on art, even if this role is not always clearly mentioned.
And… That’s it!