Name: Magic Flute


ImagePainter: Nora Musatova

Art stream: Modern realism

Technik of original: Canvas, oil

Technik of replication: Paper simulating a canvas

Dimensions of original: 97 x 82 cm

Dimensions of replication: 18 x 14,5 cm     

Released: 2011

Price: 10 EUR

ID: RCD00002 (EAN: 4600383000022)

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About painter:
Nora Musatova studied at the Prague Academy of Music, Drama and Fine Arts, College of Applied Arts (VŠ UMPRUM) and the Academy of Arts. She was born in Prague in 1931 to a Russian family with a long and distinguished tradition in art. This tradition was passed on from her grandfather, A.J. Musatov, a well known painter of icons in the tsarist Russia to her father, Grigori Musatov (1889 - 1941), a distinguished member of the most respected art club in Prague, the Umelecka beseda. Her father is ranked with the outstanding creators of the modern art in the first Republic. He is also represented in private and public world collections as well as in the Prague National Gallery. In 1979 Nora Musatova had a joint exhibit with Marc Chagall in Palm Beach, Florida, USA. The coup of 1989 gave her the freedom to exhibit, which she did, in Prague, in Switzerland, in Germany, in London and five more times in the United States. The range of her topics and painting techniques is very broad, from the classical oil to pen-and-ink drawings, watercolours and illustrations. In 1991 she created 250 illustrations to the Czech Children’s Bible. In the early 70’s she single-handedly resurrected the long forgotten method of the reverse glass painting and enhanced it with her own, secret, techniques of creating three-dimensional impressions. In her art are reflected memories of her childhood, her love of music and theater, which create a story segment, in its own way very characteristic, harmonizing and consolidated. Her works reflect the real world, where one observes a child-like purity and fantasy. A special role is given to the colour composition, creating with pen and brush what may be best described as music. The moods and associations bound to the memories of wonderful and carefree childhood interlace with her favored subjects of circus and fairy tales. Her subjects are often clowns, acrobats, circus riders and musicians; the weightless figures are floating in space reflecting energy and magic light, where smiles and tears reach a delicate balance between comedy and tragedy. Devils, townsmen, wretched gigolos, pierrot …. all are floating as in fairy tale in a glass picture of reality. In all her works we find the whole range of all possible feelings and perceptions represented harmoniously side by side, complementing the overall rich ambiance of her art.


About picture:
The painting reveals a part of the complicated spiritual world left to us by great Mozart in his last opera “Magic Flute”. The plot is based on a fairy tale, the music is extremely light. It is about eternal fight between good and evil, tinted with philosophical quest for perpetual mind in mason interpretation of priest Sarestro in the temple of Wisdom. But the action is moved ahead by everlasting and omnipotent Love-Music, Music-Love. The main protagonist Tamino passes through all the obstacles in the enchanted forest including all sorts of ghosts hand in hand with his beloved Pamina. Accompanied by cheerful bird-sellers Papageno and Papagena he, despite machinations of the Queen of Night, gets total indulgence and blessing of the Supreme Priest to be happy with Pamina. Charming sounds of the magic flute are always heard in proper time and help the lovers to break through thickets of evil and find the road to light. The artist does not lead a viewer through the opera plot, trying to recall feelings of admiration caused by magnificent Mozart sounds. In the center of the painting we see the Queen of Night lit by the moon and surrounded by the opera characters. Impressionist blue and pastel tones are torn apart by a bright crimson attire of the Queen of Night with strong presence of golden sparkles.
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