Name: Magic Flute
|Painter: 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
Price: 10 EUR
ID: RCD00002 (EAN: 4600383000022)
|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.
|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.