Balalaika: Art and Music

“The balalaika has its origins in Russian folk music and is often used to articulate a quick, repetitive rhythm, and both musicality and rhythm typify Hellesen’s painting.” Øystein Ustvedt   Why Paint a Balalaika? Although we do not know why Thorvald Hellesen chose to depict a balalaika in this painting, musical instruments in general were…

Robert Delaunay: Eiffel Tower (c.1925)

Who is Robert Delaunay? Robert Delaunay (1885 – 1941) is a French artist who, with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others, co-founded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. His later works were more abstract, reminiscent of Paul Klee. Delaunay’s key influence relates to bold use of colour…