Music for Saturday -Satie with Mark Roberts' Paintings

Something rather lovely below to help you relax - Satie Gymnopedie 1,2,3 Gnossienne 1,2,3,4 (you'll recognise the music) with Mark Roberts' paintings

Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925), who signed his name Erik Satie after 1884, was a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, Surrealism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd.

An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a "gymnopedist" in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Later, he also referred to himself as a "phonometrician" (meaning "someone who measures sounds"), preferring this designation to that of "musician", after having been called "a clumsy but subtle technician" in a book on contemporary French composers published in 1911.

Presently, Mark Roberts teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and at Las Positas College in Livermore. He also teaches privately to a loyal group of local painters and holds workshops, some of which have taken him to locations such as Costa Rica. Mark Roberts is an artist member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America and Arts Benicia. He exhibited at the California Art Club's 89th, 91st, 92nd, 94th, 95th, 96th, 98th and 100th Annual Gold Medal Exhibitions. Robert's paintings can be found in private and public collections nationwide in the US. Roberts' portraits are naturalistic, yet they possess a dream like quality. They are conceived as color symphonies or arrangements much as Whistler had done.

You can find out more about Mark here and Satie, here

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