Friday, September 10, 2010

Post Impressionism

Georges Seurat, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Paul Gauguin, Vision After the Sermon

Paul Gauguin, Fatata Te Miti (By The Sea)

Paul Gauguin, Manau Tupupau (The Spirit of the Dead Watches)

Paul Gauguin, What Are We? Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going?

Henri Rousseau, The Dream

Vincent Van Gogh, The Potato Eaters

Vincent Van Gogh, The Sower

Vincent Van Gogh, The Night Cafe

Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night

Edvard Munch, Madonna

Edvard Munch, The Scream

Paul Cezanne, Still Life with Eggplants and Ginger Jar

Paul Cezanne, Landscape with Mont Saint Victoire

Paul Cezanne, Bathers

Auguste Rodin, Age of Bronze

Auguste Rodin, Gates of Hell

Auguste Rodin, Burghers of Calais


Georges Seurat
Paul Gauguin
The Nabis
The Symbolists
--JK Huysmans
--Stephane Mallarme
Henri Rousseau
Vincent Van Gogh
--Theo Van Gogh
Edvard Munch
Paul Cezanne
Auguste Rodin

Read Chapter 3 in the textbook (Edvard Munch is found in Chapter 4).

A Symbolist Ballet

Below is a recreation by Rudolph Nureyev of the original production of The Afternoon of a Faun that starred the great dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. It was first performed on May 29, 1912. Nureyev reconstructed something like Nijinsky's original performance for the 1980 movie Nijinsky. This ballet shocked audiences in 1912 with its candid sexuality.
The ballet is based on a poem by the Symbolist poet Stephane Mallarme about awakening male sexuality described in terms of ancient myth.
The music is by Claude Debussy. Debussy uses masses of chords and rhythmic fragments to create an over all effect, a musical impression. He is sometimes described as a musical "Impressionist."

Vaslav Nijinsky in Afternoon of a Faun photographed in 1912