Govett-Brewster Art & Music Playlist

Govett-Brewster Art & Music Playlist

Govett-Brewster Art & Music

Playlist

01 May 2020

We bring you a selection of arty tunes, songs inspired by art or the perfect melody to inspire your work.⁠⠀

What a great way to start your weekend while we are all consciously isolating. ⁠⠀

New songs will be added every Friday!⁠⠀
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01.05.20


La Mer, 1905, by Claude Debussy.⁠
Inspired by The Great Wave off Kanagawa, c. 1830/33 by Katsushika Hokusai, Art Institute of Chicago, USA.⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠
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This iconic classical piece by the famous French composer Claude Debussy, was apparently inspired by the equally iconic ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ by Katsushika Hokusai. ⁠
Easily one of the most recognisable pieces of Japanese art, ‘The Great Wave’ is one of a series of panels focused around Japan’s Mount Fuji. ⁠

Claude Debussy had a long love of the sea and wrote in 1912 that he had “intended for the noble career of a sailor.” In 'La Mer' Debussy produces a rich and evocative aural depiction of the wild and natural force of the sea. ⁠

 

24.04.20


Night Cafe,
2013, by OMD - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.⁠
Inspired by American realist painter Edward Hopper.⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠⁠⠀⁠
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OMD have a storied history of musical and artistic innovation, they have collaborated for several decades with the acclaimed graphic designer Peter Saville, who is known for such iconic album covers as Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, Roxy Music's Flesh and Blood and Peter Gabriel's So. ⁠
Saville has designed 5 of the bands album covers. ⁠

Andy McCluskey the vocalist for the band is a keen art collector, meaning art often inspires his work. The song 'Night Cafe' references seven of American realist painter Edward Hopper's paintings. ⁠

They include Hoppers 1942 oil work Nighthawks, which is a bleak portrayal of people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. ⁠

"I was in New York for the first time in 20 years," recalled McCluskey. "I was feeling melancholy. It was -9 degrees, it was dark and I was on a street corner looking into an almost empty restaurant. How could I not be reminded of Edward Hopper's paintings?"⁠

17.04.20

International Blue
by the Manic Street Preachers.⁠⠀⁠
Inspired by french painter, Yves Klein.⁠

 

Manic Street Preacher bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire told NME the band's 'Resistance Is Futile' album was written as an "optimistic" record in defiance against the troubling nature of the social and political landscape of recent years. ⁠
This song, for instance, was written about the French artist Yves Klein (1928 –1962), who was a leading member of the Nouveau réalisme movement.⁠

The song title comes from Yves Klein's January 1957 exhibition, Proposte Monocrome, Epoca Blu ⁠(Proposition Monochrome; Blue Epoch) at the Gallery Apollinaire in Milan, which featured eleven identical blue canvases. The colour, reminiscent of the expensive pigments used to paint the Madonna's robes in medieval paintings, became known as International Klein Blue (IKB)."⁠

You can find out more about Yves Klien here and the International Klien Blue, the Nouveau Réalisme Movement, or New Realism here.

 

10.04.20


Made Of Stone 
by The Stone Roses.⠀⁠⠀
Inspired by No.5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock.⁠⠀⁠⠀
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The main inspiration for this song was the artist Jackson Pollock's death in 1956 when he crashed into a tree while driving drunk. Pollock's classic "Splash Art" painting style was a big influence on the band's trademark visual style; they wore Jackson Pollock shirts along with their baggy clothes.⁠

Stone Roses guitarist John Squire is an accomplished artist with a love of modern art. Squire's Jackson Pollock-esque paintings and designs have adorned all the band's albums and singles.⁠

Pollock is also referred to in the B-side 'Going Down' in the cryptic line, "Yeah, she look like a painting, Jackson Pollock's, Number 5." ⁠⠀
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The work was sold in May 2006 for $140 million, a new mark for highest ever price for a painting, not surpassed until April 2011!! ⁠

 

03.04.20


What the Water Gave Me
by Florence and the Machine.⁠
Inspired by What I Saw in the Water, 1938 by Frida Kahlo.⁠⠀
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Frida Kahlo is a recurring source of inspiration for many, this track is taken from the (2011) Florence and the Machine album Ceremonials.⁠⠀

Florence Welch has this to say about the song and the painting:⁠⠀
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“At lot of the time when I’m writing, things will just appear. I was writing the song and this book on symbolism was lying around, and it had the painting in it. It’s nice to mix the ordinary with extraordinary,” lead singer Florence Welsh, who penned the tune, told NME.

The painting’s disturbing scene of people drowning in a bathtub are reflected in the song’s lyrics, which reference children being swept out to sea.


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<i>The Great Wave off Kanagawa</i>, c. 1830/33 by Katsushika Hokusai, Art Institute of Chicago, USA.⁠

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, c. 1830/33 by Katsushika Hokusai, Art Institute of Chicago, USA.⁠

<i>Nighthawks</i>, 1942, Edward Hopper.

Nighthawks, 1942, Edward Hopper.

View of the opening of the exhibition, Yves Klein : <i>Proposte monocrome, epoca blu</i>, Galleria Apollinaire, 1957.

View of the opening of the exhibition, Yves Klein : Proposte monocrome, epoca blu, Galleria Apollinaire, 1957.

<i>No.5, 1948</i> by Jackson Pollock

No.5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

<i>What I saw in the water</i>, 1938 by Frida Kahlo.

What I saw in the water, 1938 by Frida Kahlo.