Friday, February 20, 2009

Daffodils
20 x 18 Oil on Linen

I have more paintings in my head than I can possibly produce in one lifetime so if this idea appeals to any artist reading this post please feel free to use it. I am thinking about a series of paintings based on Bach's cello suites. Each of Bach's six suites starts with a prelude, setting the theme and mood of the piece. That is followed by five dances, a moderately paced allemande followed by a lighter courante, a stately sarabande, then a pair of minuets (or gavottes or bourrees) and concludes with a gigue. Now let's take that format to the easel. For a landscape it might look like this, a suite of six paintings of the same scene. The prelude would be sunrise, followed by a clear morning (allemande), then clouds and wind appear (courante), an afternoon storm (sarabande), a rainbow or sunset (minuet) and finally the same landscape lit by a full moon (gigue). For Andy Warhol fans the suite might be arranged for unaccompanied soup cans, tomato (prelude) followed by vegetable beef (allemande), cream of potato (courante), beef barley (sarabande), chicken noodle (gavotte) and minestrone (gigue). We could use Daffodils and Bartlett Pears from the previous post as the prelude for a suite on the theme of daffodils, although it would also work nicely as the minuet. Daffodils seems to me to be a sarabande. Now, four more daffodil paintings and my suite will be complete.....

2 comments:

Eulalia (Lali) said...

Did you see the series that Yo-Yo Ma produced on TV about 10 years ago, based on the Cello Suites? He combined his playing with a couple of dance companies (one of them Japanese), and there was a whole section that featured Piranesi's Prisons. I found it all interesting, especially some of the dances, though I'd rather just close my eyes and listen.

Thomas Torak said...

I missed that but do love it when various disciplines play off of each other. Who took the lead in this pas de deux the cellist or the dancers? Were the dancers illustrating his music or was he supporting their dance? Very interesting.....