The reverberations of Jazz in Art

Jazz had an influence not only on the development of music, but also on the visual arts of the 20th century. Which artists were inspired by jazz? This dynamic world and its reception in art are explored here using 3 examples.

Around 1900, jazz originated in the southern states of the United States of America. From there, it didn’t change the world at first, as the growing spread and popularity of jazz led first to jazz criticism and then to the study of jazz research.

It is thanks to this research that jazz is appreciated not only as light music, but also as a cultural achievement. The influence of jazz on the visual arts can be seen in many different ways. There is iconographic evidence of the involvement of jazz artists.

Otto Dix: Großstadt, 1927/28

Otto Dix

Jazz dominated Europe in the 1920s and 30s. Otto Dix, an artist of the Neue Sachlichkeit, reveals the inside of a advanced dance bar in his triptych Großstadt from 1927-28. The dominant style here is the nightlife of the Roaring Twenties which juxtaposes extravagant satisfaction (middle panel) and the truths of the challenges that were dealtwith (left panel: war cripples, hardship and prostitution).

On the middle panel of the triptych, we see a jazz band controlled by brass instruments playing in a dance bar. The frustrating sensation of relief and freedom that spread in society after the end of the First World War was overwhelmed by the desire to drown the scaries of war in hedonism. Music and dance endedupbeing an outlet for the release of desire. Jazz, with its pulsating, unchecked energy, shows like no other the mindset to life in this brief, extreme duration in Europe. Because jazz was thoughtabout a sign of flexibility, the National Socialists turneddown it and branded it as degenerate and prohibited it throughout the Third Reich.

Jackson Pollock: One: Number 31, 1950

Jackson Pollock

Jazz is an intellectual battery that anybody can usage to charge. Jackson Pollock himself was mesmerized by bebop, a design of jazz from the 1940s. He sprayed paint on the canvas surfacearea or leaked it straight from the can (Action Painting) with the verysame kind of energy one sees in jazz artists. He was recognized to listen to Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong, and he frequently participatedin efficiencies at the New York jazz club Five Spot.

During the act of painting, he immersed himself in the hot, spontaneous and swinging rhythm of the music. The “flaring, splashing and raving” of his structures are in direct exchange with the limitless, energetic quality of jazz music. His abstract paintings are defined by a spontaneous, gestural colour circulation that lookslike a imagined symphony. A structure of consistency and discontent, of characteristics and statics. This usage of spontaneous improvisation can likewise be discovered in the jazz visual, where the entertainer has the flexibility to improvise solos. The artist neverever loses the total structure.

In his Action Paintings, Jackson Pollock records an instant, uninhibited and, it appears, released power. He makesup colours, splashes and lines like tunes, rhythms and structures in jazz music.

Piet Mondrian: Broadway Boogie-Woogie, 1942

Piet Mondrian

The impact of jazz on the visual arts of the 20th century is especially apparent in the example of Piet Mondrian. The Dutch Constructivist artist chosen to listen to Boogie Woogie. His enthusiasm for jazz was magnified after a performance see by Duke Ellington in Paris. Indeed, he might be seen dancing to jazz on the dance floorings of London and New York. Often with the collector Peggy Guggenheim and the painter Lee Krasner.

In Minton’s Playhouse Mondrian listened to Thelonious Monk, who had established his own design. Through dissonant consistencies and damaged chords, the talented artist developed a visionary technique to tone and characteristics. The accuracy with which Mondrian set a line or used colour to the structure of his paintings can be straight compared. A stress inbetween remarkably disciplined structures and uninhibited characteristics.

With the painting “Broadway Boogie-Woogie”, Mondrian set out to capture the rhythm and energy. A flickering, wild however still organized carpet that makes the colours dance dynamically. Jazz and painting show to be a shared source of motivation for Mondrian.

Jazz on Baroque House

The impact of jazz on the visual arts is still extremely pertinent. There is a lot of proof today that jazz affects creative procedures, concepts and productions. Jazz music is likewise a source of motivation for numerous Baroque House artists.

Immerse yourself in the vibrating world of rhythm and energy, consistency and uneasyness, characteristics and statics. Captured on canvas, you will discover our curated collection All that Jazz

  • “Jazz blues”, 2018

    Maxim Fomenko

  • Jazz, 2018

    Yeong Choi

  • Mouvement de jazz, 2006

    Jean-Luc Lopez

  • PEOPLE FROM PAINT – home is burning and I am sax playing, 2020

    Rafal Chojnowski

  • Music, 2020

    Mattia Consonni

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