Des Knaben Wunderhorn

39" x 39"
oil on Canvas
Step into the enchanting realms of Paula Arciniega's abstract interpretation inspired by Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn." In this vibrant canvas, the spirit of the cuckoo and Lady Nightingale takes shape through dynamic brushstrokes and lively hues.

The cuckoo, once enamored with a green willow, meets an untimely end, leaving a void in the summer landscape. A rhythmic dance of colors and forms unfolds, embodying the essence of the cuckoo's departure. Amidst the abstraction, Lady Nightingale emerges, perched on a green branch, her melodies echoing through expressive strokes and vivid splashes of paint.

As the fine little nightingale takes center stage in this abstract composition, Paula's brushstrokes engage in a playful dance, capturing the bird's joyous leaps and everlasting cheer. The anticipation for Lady Nightingale builds within the vibrant abstraction, residing in the green hedgerow of dynamic forms. The conclusion of the cuckoo's song heralds the beginning of Lady Nightingale's enchanting melodies, brought to life through the intricate interplay of colors and shapes.

Paula Arciniega's abstract visual ode to "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" invites viewers to explore the whimsical landscape of sound and emotion. The canvas becomes a playground of artistic expression, where each stroke and splash conveys the playful cadence of Lady Nightingale's song. Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Paula's abstract interpretation, where art and music converge in a dynamic and enchanting dance.

Des Knaben Wunderhorn  by  Gustav Mahler
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
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