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CHIHULY #2

The present photo is a sequel to STUDIES IN COLORS #1 in which a group of visitors were seen at Dale Chihuli Blown-Glass Exhibition in Virginia. In Ann Jackman's poetic description, it resembled "... the waterfall of colour tumbling down on the people." The camera I had used in that photo was a compact Nikon Coolpix S9300. For the present photo the camera is a more elaborate Nikon D200. When the area was relatively uninhabited by visitors, I set the camera on the floor and put it on timer mode in order to minimize hand-held motion.

From my earlier note about the artist, Dale Chihuly, his legion of fans are familiar with the beautiful colors that he achieves in his blown glass creations. The collaboration of painters and glass blowers is not a new phenomenon. In the early 16th century, the Venetian Master Titziano (Titian) had collaborated with the glassblowers on the Island of Murano near Venice to learn about their secrets in achieving certain colors, especially the reds. Subsequently, Raphael hired away one of Titian’s assistants and his colors became more vibrant, especially the reds. Three-hundred and fifty years later, the French Impressionists were able to get their hands on oxides produced in exceedingly hot furnaces used in the Industrial Revolution. Cross fertilization of disciplines frequently leads to immense creativity.

I recently created a new group theme, Symphonies in Color, adding this photo into the collection. The expression, "A symphony of colors," is the way the great Expressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Théo, described the works of French landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889). Van Gogh's words are also appropriate in describing the still life depicted here. I welcome other TE members to add to the theme.

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