Hey babes! Notice anything different? We’ve got a new look here on Museworthy. I hope you all like the new design and layout. This blog was published in the same theme continuously from its inception. It was called “Dusk” and Museworthy was launched in that theme four years ago. But it felt like it was time for a change. This new theme is actually the updated version of Dusk, and is called Dusk to Dawn. I might still make some adjustments and tweak the settings, but all in all I think it’s aesthetically pleasing. I felt a little sad letting the old theme go, but I am already comfortable with this one. Hope you are too! I welcome feedback from all readers.
To celebrate Museworthy’s new appearance, and have a Music Monday, I’d like to share a work of art I’ve kept “on reserve” for a special occasion; a masterful painting by the one and only John Singer Sargent. This is El Jaleo from 1882 which was inspired by Sargent’s travels in Spain. A gypsy dancer does her thing, theatrically and expressively, as musicians accompany her movements. This is quintessential Sargent in my opinion, with his legendary artistic strengths on full display – gesture, fabrics, and the interplay between lights and darks. Just look at that outstretched arm, and the light bouncing off her skin. Also take note of the strumming fingers of the guitar players in the background (click for closeups) and the reveling women on the right, whose red garments provide the only real “color” in the otherwise monochromatic composition. This image is a “must-enlarge”. Please do so and marvel at the details. El Jaleo is on permanent view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.