In 1874 Modest Mussorgsky composed his famous Pictures at an Exhibition, based on ten drawings and watercolors produced by his recently deceased friend, the architect and artist Victor Hartmann.
What is the name of the artist that inspired Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition?
artist Victor Hartmann
The Jacksonville Symphony has partnered with MOCA Jacksonville and the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens for a discussion centering on the artwork of artist Victor Hartmann that serves as the inspiration for Modest Mussorgsky’s ten-movement work, Pictures at an Exhibition.
Where was the painting of a troubadour at an exhibition?
Vladimir Stasov, one of the organisers of the exhibition of Hartmann’s work, described the painting as “a medieval castle before which a troubadour sings a song”. The Tuileries Gardens were near the Louvre in Paris and Stasov recounted that the painting was of “an avenue in the garden of the Tuileries, with a swarm of children and nurses”.
What did Mussorgsky represent in Baba Yaga illustrations?
In music for these illustrations, as Mussorgsky called them, he represented [chicks], children, Baba Yaga in her wooden house on chicken legs, catacombs, gates, and even rattling carts. All this was not done jokingly, but ‘seriously’.
Who was the composition of pictures at an exhibition based on?
The composition is based on pictures by the artist, architect, and designer Viktor Hartmann. It was probably in 1868 that Mussorgsky first met Hartmann, not long after the latter’s return to Russia from abroad. Both men were devoted to the cause of an intrinsically Russian art and quickly became friends.
Where are the pictures from the Hartmann exhibition?
Locales include Italy, France, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. Today most of the pictures from the Hartmann exhibition are lost, making it impossible to be sure in many cases which Hartmann works Mussorgsky had in mind.