History of Dance in Art

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Dance, Music, and Performance "The Joy of Life" Introduction In the nineteenth century some of the greatest innovations come from artists who strove to discover if art could work on the same level as music. I have decided to research the relationship between art, dance, and music. The interpretation of dance and music in art continually developed during the twentieth century. Firstly dance as a subject matter, drawn narratively and may have a symbolic meaning. This then moved on to dance interpreted emotionally. Thirdly music and dance can be interpreted abstractly. Endell's hypothesis (Fig.1) shows this idea of art working abstractly. Arshile Gorky describes abstraction as "allowing man to see with his mind what he cannot…show more content…
It was compiled by an assistant covering sheets of paper with flat, brilliantly hued gouache. He then directed his assistants to place the gouache precisely on the images to make the composition. A great advantage of this technique was that it let Matisse experiment with the composition. It solved Matisse's problems of form and space, outline and colour, structure and orchestration that Matisse had always sought to harmonize. It also allowed him to pay full attention to the importance of line rhythms and form which in the past he had to sacrifice to colours and tonal relations. Matisse said, it "allowed me to seek a new means of expression" which Matisse believed had "beneficent radiation". Robert Hughes says of Matisse's use of brilliant, luminous, glowing colour of having "power to heal" Matisse's technique was neither cubist (such from the Synthetic collage phase during the period of 1911-16) nor abstract, although they are treated as musical compositions, much in the way that Kandinsky produced in his series of improvisations. Matisse described his works as "improvisations in colour and rhythm" like those of Louis Armstrong. Jazz music was a big influence in his découpages. Matisse believed that "when I put colours together they have to join in a living chord or harmony of colour, like a musical chord or harmony". "Jazz" album (published in 1947) was one of the first extraordinary results of découpages technique. It

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