The Rite of Spring

Ritual of Abduction

60" x 48"
oil on Canvas
private collection
In this painting I utilized the rhythm of the music as imagery. Carrying over thematic shapes and colors used from “the augurs of spring” and “the introduction” ,as well as illustrating the linear movement of thematic material repeated within the orchestral voices; in particular the horns and the woodwinds. I imbedded within this tableaux foreshadowing by introducing the “virgin”. Borrowing imagery from Caravaggio’s “The Taking of Christ”, I elude to the primeval need for appeasement through sacrifice.

This movement lasts approximately 1 minute and 18 seconds.
Ritual of Abduction  by  Stravinsky
Listen from  6:40  to  7:58
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
Listen to the TSO's full 2013 performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring: