Saturday, August 22, 2009

Colour, Music, Design...ART!

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884, 1884–86
Georges Seurat
Art Institute of Chicago

The first time you see this painting you the size, the is overwhelming.

Then you begin to really look at the picture and you come to the even more stunning revelation that there is no picture there at all, just daubs of colour, carefully and masterfully applied that go together to create an image and colours when viewed as a whole and from a distance.

Somehow this man, a little mad and very intense had envisioned television and pixels long before they were even a concept.

Pointillism didn't catch on, but we have this unparalleled work that encapsulates everything there is to know about colours and harmony and light and shadow and tones and tints.

At the end of Stephen Sondheim's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE we are given the gift of the most sublime finale-wonderful music and the most engaging of lyrics that speak about art.

Wikipedia describes it thus:

Sunday in the Park with George is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical was inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat. A complex work revolving around a fictionalized Seurat immersed in single-minded concentration while painting the masterpiece, its Broadway production was greeted with mixed praise by the critics.
Nominated for ten Tony Awards, the musical won only two design awards but won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, numerous Drama Desk Awards, the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production (analogous to the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical).

Here is a link to the UTube video of the finale music performed beautifully:

This is my gift to you as I close my first week of blogging...on a Sunday...having talked a great deal about colour...

I hope it blesses your soul. Lyrics follow...

Have a magical day!










By the blue Purple yellow red water

On the green Purple yellow red grass,

Let us pass
Through a perfect park
Pausing on a Sunday
By the blue and triangular water

On the soft green eliptical grass
As we pass
Through arrangements of shadows

Towards the verticals of trees


By the blue Purple yellow red water

On the green Orange violet mass

Of the grass

In our perfect park

Made of flecks of light

And dark

And Parasols...

People strolling through the trees

Of a small suburban park

On an island in the river

On an ordinary Sunday...




A blank page of canvas.

So many possibilities...

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