This week's Osher lecture is brought to you by the City's continued partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
The lecture will be available through Sunday, March 7th.
The Art and Music of the Isms: Impressionism
Synopsis: Originating in the 1870s, Impressionism is perhaps the most widely appreciated style of painting in the history of Western art. The works of Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are universally recognized and beloved. Fin-de-siècle French composers, especially Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, created shimmering musical canvases through the innovative use of instrumental tone color and rhythmic subtleties to create works with an “impressionist” quality. This class will focus on Debussy’s 1894 ballet score Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, based on a poem by the symbolist poet Stephen Mallarmé.
Presenter: Professor Walter Aaron Clark - There is a close connection between the various ways we experience the world, particularly between the senses of sight and hearing. Not surprisingly, there is a correspondingly close connection between the visual arts and music, especially painting and the classical repertoire. Both painters and composers conceive of and describe their works in terms of texture, color, tone, modulation, and structure (e.g., background and foreground elements). This series explores the connection between painting and music in the context of five “isms,” or stylistic periods, of the last two centuries, during which there was a significant convergence of the visual and the aural in high art.