THE PAINTER WITH THE TOUCH OF MUSIC AT HIS FINGERS

It is one of those cases, when God, - before sending a spirit to Earth, - first, He endows it with superior talent, with phenomenal artistic capacity and then, He sends it down to Earth. 

 

And while on Earth, only one word can describe such a spirit: Gifted.

 

 

 

It is Thomas Gainsborough.

Thomas Gainsborough who painted with the touch of Music at his fingers. 

 

He "composed" paintings. Literally and metaphorically. 

 

Besides, it is a well-known fact that T. Gainsborough was a great lover of music. He played the violin himself and he always cherished and enjoyed the friendship and company of musicians, both amateur and professionals.

 

 

 

 

One of his fellow players, on various occasions, was Johann Christian Bach, the youngest son of the great composer.

 

More than any other painter in the History of Art, T. Gainsborough felt and understood the affinity between Music and Painting. 

 

To put it in his own words: "One part of a Picture ought to be like the first part of a Tune; that you can guess what follows and that makes the second part of the Tune".

Johann Christian Bach by Thomas Gainsborough
Johann Christian Bach by Thomas Gainsborough

Self-portrait
Self-portrait

 

 

 

 

The self-taught Thomas Gainsborough was original and individual. Respectful and sensitive. Brilliant and acute. Highly emotional and unspoilt. Genuine and intuitive.

 

Keenly aware of reality, yet the reality he created with his superb skills, was equally "real".

 

He was a master of imaginary reality. He did not depict it. He "arranged" reality, almost, dictated it.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This ability of Thomas Gainsborough to depict his subjects through the filter of Music, was one of the many extraordinary gifts he possessed, that made him unique in the History of Art.

The Honourable Mrs. Graham
The Honourable Mrs. Graham

Perhaps, Thomas Gainsborough was the ultimate Artist, Kandinsky alluded to, when he said: 

 

"Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul".

 

 

                                                                                                 - Melpomeni -

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