Last Saturday I went to the Nathional gallery in Oslo to see a new picture exhibition called "The Dance of Life". It's a mix of different painters I like to use museums as a source of my inspiration for my creative work.
"The Dance of Life" by Edvard Munch
Munch?s painting shows several couples dancing in a luminous summer night. The central element of the composition is a couple, of whom the woman is wearing a bright red dress that wraps itself around the feet of her dancing partner. Her loose hair swirling about him, they seem to become a single entity. This couple is flanked by two other women, one of them young and radiant in a white dress, the other pale, with sunken cheeks and dressed in black. It is as if a story were being told about various stages in a woman?s life (from http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no). A kind of statement: use bright colors (esp.red) while you are young! ;)
famous "Scream" Edvard Munch
The Scream is the best known and most frequently reproduced of all Munch?s motifs. With its expressive colours, its flowing lines and striking overall effect, its appeal is universal.
Despite radical simplification, the landscape in the picture is recognisable as the Kristiania Fjord seen from Ekeberg, with a broad view over the fjord, the town and the hills beyond. In the background to the left, at the end of the path with the balustrade that cuts diagonally across the picture, we see two strolling figures, often regarded as two friends whom Munch mentions in notes relating to the picture. But the figure in the foreground is the first to capture the viewer?s attention. Its hands are held to its head and its mouth is wide open in a silent scream, which is amplified by the undulating movement running through the surrounding landscape. The figure is ambiguous and it is hard to say whether it is a man or a woman, young or old ? or even if it is human at all (from http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no).
Great use of colors to show feelings and emotions!
"Madonna" by Edvard Munch
Three words that were used to describe this motif by the Nathional museum are "passion, pain and life". Again all emotions are expressed by the use of strong colors.
...and my favourite " Inger in Black anf Violet" by Edvard Munch. I think she looks amazing and very feminine in this long dark dress.
And what do you use as a source of inspiration for styling, my dear readers? :)