Deux arabesques Painting, Oil on canvas, Size: 47.2 W x 39.4 H in (120 W x 100 H cm)

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Deux arabesques. Buenos Aires, summer 2014. Painting, Oil on canvas, Size: 47.2 W x 39.4 H in (120 W x 100 H cm).  © 2014 Florencia San Martin Brück/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


 

The Two Arabesques (Deux arabesques), L. 66, is a pair of arabesques composed for piano by Claude Debussy. They are two of Debussy’s earliest works, composed between the years 1888 and 1891, when he was still in his twenties. The suite is one of the very early impressionistic pieces of music, following the French visual art form. His view of a musical arabesque was a line curved in accordance with nature, and with his music he mirrored the celebrations of shapes in nature made by the Art Nouveau artists of the time. Of the arabesque in baroque music, he wrote:

“that was the age of the ‘wonderful arabesque,’ when music was subject to the laws of beauty inscribed in the movements of Nature herself.”

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