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A colorful music of rhythm and pattern

I just got back from a visit to Paris where I got to spend time with my sister, grandfather and mom (whom I lovingly refer to as “the energizer bunny”). Together, mom & I visited the Modernist exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou and simply fell in love all over again with Kandinsky, Matisse, Cezanne and Braque among others.On our epic museum marathon we also got to discover the fantastic works of Henri Valensi, a French artist who grew up between Algeria and Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Valensi started a  painting  movement called “Musicalism”, whose main principles are that art has a central role in the evolution of consciousness, that music in all its rhythms and colors was most suited to represent the nuances of the human soul and that best painting would represent a kind of visual music through pattern, light and color.

Can you hear the music? Symphonie Vitale by H.Valensi

Can you hear the music? “Symphonie Vitale”

Exploration of light and color by Henri Valensi

Exploration of light and color by Henri Valensi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was almost 100 years ago, yet looking at these large paintings I could feel the vibrations of color and light just shimmering off the canvas. It made me reflect on how these threads of ideas and awarenesses echo though time and how just standing in front of a painting can make you feel so connected to the intentions and state of the artist who made it. I get a similar feeling when I am looking at an intricate piece of Islamic geometry- I can feel the artist just reaching out to me throughout time, opening a door of my consciousness to the Unity of all that is…

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“Symphonie Verte” by Valensi

Uzbekistan, photo by Neil Banas

Uzbekistan, photo by Neil Banas