The Piano – A Common Subject in Famous Paintings
Found in: Miscellany & Merriment
I have spent my lifetime learning and exposing myself to the arts on all levels (paintings, music, dance – any way I could really). Being exposed to so much variety was a greater gift than I knew at the time. I didn’t know how lucky I was. Lucky to have been able to have bonded with what I felt love for, appreciate the things I didn’t understand and to just be inspired and amazed by what I didn’t even know I didn’t know! As a result, I have developed quite the eclectic taste in music and art.
We all have our favorite and least favorite things – in all areas of life – right? I personally struggle with the term ‘favorite’ (I can never pick just one thing that I like the best, LOL), however, I think it’s fair to say that we all have our ‘all time favorites’ that just seem to stick around. I’m talking about those songs, smells, pictures or memories of a past experience that just send deep-rooted emotions flying – when they land, they land with such an impact that they never leave us.
You can’t always put into words what you love so much about these favorites or how they really make you feel. Because they evoke such emotion, it resonates in your soul. Music is the most obvious one of them all – who doesn’t have a favorite song that sparks great memories from their past or gives them a happy feeling!?
Music is not the only artform that can evoke such emotions. As a result to some, self expression comes out in the form of a poem or a painting or a table they built. The term art is defined as: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. The main branches of creative activity include painting, music, literature, and dance.
By that definition, fine art (painting/illustration) is right up there with music in holding emotional power, and I couldn’t agree more! Paintings are my personal form of self expression.
In conclusion, here are some famous works of art that are undeniably inspired by a love for music and/or by the artist experiencing music in their lives in some way. Each of the following artists were impacted by music in one way or another. So much so that they felt the need to express the impact of music themselves through their own form of art – painting.
Do any of the following paintings sing to you? What do they say to you? What do you see and hear when you look at them? Paintings are in no particular order.
La Pianista (The Lady Pianist) – Giovanni Boldini
Signora al Pianoforte (Woman at the Piano) – Giovanni Boldini
Girl at the Piano – 1869 – Paul Cézanne
Marguerite Gachet at the Piano – 1890 – Van Gogh
Three Musicians – 1921 – Pablo Picasso
Young Man Playing the Piano – 1876 – Gustave Caillebotte
Schubert at the Piano II – 1899 – Gustav Klimt
Georgette at the piano – 1923 – Rene Magritte
Piano Keys Lake – 1905 – Frantisek Kupka
Saint Cecilia (Invisible piano) – 1923 – Max Ernst
A Chemist Lifting with Extreme Precaution the Cuticle of a Grand Piano – 1936 – Salvador Dali
Piano-forte – 2014 – Jacek Yerka
There are some really great pieces shown above. I hope you enjoyed looking at these paintings as much as I enjoyed sharing them. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.