Joint project of the Belcanto Foundation and museum Collection
On June 4, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul will host a concert "Emile Galle: the ensouled glass". Compositions by the prominent artisan contemporaries will sound in it - Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Maurice Ravel, Reynaldo Hahn and Gabriel Urbain Faure. This unique program has been prepared within the framework of the partnership project with the Belcanto Charitable Foundation.
The unusually eventful historical period at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries is now known to us as the heyday of the "new art" – the Modern art. Europe was entering a period of industry rapid development. On this background the idea of "transforming life through the means of art" was ripening among the creative community, the outdated academic forms were rejected in favor of harmony and authenticity. These few decades turned out to be extraordinarily exuberant for geniuses and, undoubtedly, one of them was the amazing Emile Galle - an artist, botanist, philosopher, art theorist, poet, designer, whose name has become a generic, giving the name to an extremely popular trend in our days in the creation and production of art glass. Like the Impressionists in painting and music, Galle was a true innovator in his field. A unique combination of fine taste, deep scientific knowledge, technical skills and conviction that the roots of the new art "in the forests, on the banks of streams, among swamp grasses" allow Galle not only to create his own recognizable "floral style", but also to offer previously unknown methods of processing glass, which became a distinctive feature of his works. Such, for example, was the enamel painting technique he invented, which the master called clair-de-lune ("moonlight").
The famous composer-reformer, one of the founders of musical Modern and Impressionism, Eric Satie, recalling conversations with Claude Debussy about trends in music of that time, wrote: "We must have our own music ... why not use the same visual artefacts for these purposes, which we have already seen in Claude Monet, Cezanne ... and others works? "
Summer twilight, soaring notes, smooth forms, transparent colors and sounds are giving the harmony that the great Frenchmen of the Art Nouveau era sought and created.
Tickets for the concert are on Charitable Foundation Belcanto website.