Still Life with Fruit, by Caravaggio
Caravaggio (Milan, 28 September 1571 – Porto Ercole, 18 July 1610) introduced chiaroscuro to the world of fine arts. But the above painting is chiaroscuro in reverse: the backdrop is pale. Usually, the backdrop is dark.
Chiaroscuro is a painterly, rather than linear, approach to creating dimensionality in a painting or grisaille.
I believe this is my shortest blog ever. Let the picture speak for itself. I hope it will bring you pleasure.
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22 Mendelssohn Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 – No. 4. Adagio in F ‘Sadness of Soul’, Daniel Barenboim (piano)
(please click on the title to hear the music)
Today I am featuring Tom Thomson’s The West Wind as I continue to investigate the 1837-1838 Rebellions, which took place in both Canadas. The Rebellions of 1837-1938 constitute so defining a moment in Canadian history that I need to research these events very carefully.
Please enjoy The West Wind. Tom Thomson was associated with the Group of Seven‘s art and the Group of Seven’s art is a monument to Canada’s history.
My musical offering for today is Lied number 14 of Mendelssohn’s 49 Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words). It is played by Daniel Barenboim.
I chose the fourteenth Lied to mark an anniversary. A hundred years ago, on April 14, 1912, the seemingly invincible Titanic sank, reaping the lives of some 1,500 of its passengers. Ironically, Mendelssohn’s Lied is entitled Lost Happiness.
- Grey Day, by Tom Thomson