The Augurs of Spring III - Dance of the Young Girls

48" x 72"
oil on Canvas
"The Augurs of Spring III - Dance of the Young Girls" stands as a vivid and intentional artistic response to one of the most iconic segments from Stravinsky's compositions. In this painting, Paula Arciniega skillfully mirrors the jolting asymmetrical rhythm and repetitive polytonal chords, embodying the indelibly modern impression found in Stravinsky's groundbreaking music. The canvas intentionally layers vibrant and relentless outbursts of color and shape to echo the dissonance and polytonality within the music's innovative soundscape.

Violent, disorienting, and surging gestures unfold in the second movement, elaborating on the primordial birth of spring, pulsating with life after a long and motionless slumber. The young maidens emerge from the cacophony, intertwined within the melding body of color, gesture, and shape. At the highpoint of the painting, an ominous figure symbolizing the "mother of spring" exudes ancient wisdom. Sharp connecting lines gesticulate outward from this maternal figure, as if passing down primordial wisdom to the maidens as they assume their places in the unfurling drama. This captivating movement within the painting mirrors the music, creating a visual symphony, and reverberates with a profound resonance of color.
The Augurs of Spring  by  Stravinsky
Listen from  3:29  to  6:29
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
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