The celestial landscape depicted by Čiurlionis is a vivid example of symbolism in painting.
Mikalojs Čiurlionis is an absolutely unique artist in many respects, his creative life is very short - only seven years, during which he created more than 300 paintings, some of which are recognized as masterpieces of world art. Čiurlionis ’artistic style is Art Nouveau and Art Nouveau in a mixture of symbolism, folk motifs, and metaphorical Japanese and Indian cultures.
Throughout the work of Mikaloyus Čiurlionis, one can note a commitment to “mixing” art forms, such as painting and music. The very name of the painting “Sonata of Stars” confirms this thesis.
The canvases of Ciurlionis tell us about several worlds, united together, captured only at one wonderful moment of eternity. The creation of stars, nebulae, the creation of the earth with its vast expanses and, finally, the creation of such a great, but so fragile person - all this you will find on the canvases of Čiurlionis. Such a “three-world space” of the artist’s paintings is present in a number of his works.
We can see vivid images of other worlds in the “Sonata of Stars”, the space music of three scenes, combined in its canvases, sounds loud and sublime. The "Sonata of Stars" is recognized as the best picture of Čiurlionis from the point of view of his own philosophy.
Allegro - the first part of the artistic diptych tells about the infinite speed of the cosmos, about how at the peak of the cone-shaped heights in front of the Universe a figure of a creator appears, pure as White Light, omnipotent, like Cosmos itself. Its wings exude a bright, but not blinding light.
In the second part, the Andante, the viewer encounters an already created planet with soils and dust, spinning on the subtle waves of the universe. Both paintings are imbued with a connecting thread that creates the subtlest connection, and to this day the magnificent symphony of the beautiful symbolist artist - Mikaloyus Čiurlionis plays.
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