Tagged: Impressionist

The Music of “The Mother”, Mira Alfassa (1878) – Founder of Auroville

I thought i’d give you something totally different today and introduce you to the music (and art) of Mira Alfassa. She played and painted and was known to her followers as “The Mother”. She was the partner of Sri Aurobindo and settled, from France in India in 1914. She was born in Paris in 1878.

They founded a commune, which still exists today called “Auroville“. It has a population of around 2350. Their stated belief system was

Auroville should be at the service of Truth, beyond all social, political and religious conviction. Auroville is the effort towards peace, in sincerity and Truth

I came upon a piece of music that she played which is a round 20 minutes long. It is haunting! It’s one of those pieces that if you just listen to a for a few moments, you will surely totally miss the point. You want to focus 100%, turn off the lights and just listen completely.

She would play whilst meditating and also painted occult impressionist style art, which you can see in the video above.

If you want to listen to the piece and are ready for it, click HERE

Daughter of the President of the United States

By the way, if you think this is a joke then listen to this! The President of the United States’s daughter, Margaret Woodrow Wilson, travelled to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India in 1940 (approx). She chose to live there for the rest of her life and became a Hindu nun. She was given the new name ‘Nistha’ and chose to die in India, right there. She would write letters back saying how happy she was. Not something they tend to teach in history lessons or encourage too much, I guess! She wrote in a letter to her friend Lois,in 1939: “Since seeing Sri Aurobindo and the Mother together, I have been surer than ever that their way is my way – that my soul brought me here where it belongs”.

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La Gare Saint-Lazare by Claude Monet, 1877, Musée d’Orsay, PARIS – ANALYSIS – PODCAST

The StLazare Station by Claude MonetToday’s podcast was recorded live inside the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

You can listen to it by pressing “play” on the above video and watching the slideshow (it’s suggested that you watch/listen in “HD”).

The subject is a series of paintings by Claude Monet and specifically a version called “La Gare Saint-Lazare” (“The Saint-Lazare Station”).

It’s a beautiful painting and differs from my favourite version which is located in London at the National Gallery. The National Gallery version is much darker and quite a lot smaller.

Musee d OrsayMonet painted 12 in this series and it’s my understanding that 4 still survive today
(However, who really knows!?).

I have located a version in a 1970’s art book which is held in a private collection in the United States and we will take a closer look at this, as best as we can, in a future part of this podcast series.

The most famous, or at least, for me, the most famous and one that I visit at least a few times a month is called “The Gare St-Lazare“, In fact they’re all basically the same station during different seasons and on different days, all with totally different energy, different feel and different aesthetics.

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Starry Night Over The Rhone by Vincent van Gogh, Musée d’Orsay, Paris – Analysis – PODCAST

Today we’re visiting the world famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, to take a look at Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Starry night over the Rhone”. It is a very special piece of art because it is totally different in real life, looking at it with your own eyes, than any reproduction or photograph. Van Gogh’s “Starry night over the Rhone” has a spirit and a powerful energy that absorbs the viewer.

Starry Night Over The Rhone

Dutch Painter: Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890)

Van Gogh was born on the 30th March 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands. He died very young, at the age of only 37 (He’s the guy that cut his ear off!). Vincent van Gogh suffered from mental illness and was actually committed (actually self-admitted) to an asylum. “Starry night over the Rhone” was one of his last paintings before we entered the Asylum and was painted in September 1888. The river Rhone flows through the south of France, through the city of Arles. Van Gogh rented a house a short walk from the river and decided to paint the scene.

Starry Night Over The Rhone, Paris

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