Olivier Messiaen - La Nativité du Seigneur - by Sophie Hacker

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    This is a set of nine separate art works, each approximately 60cm square, created by Sophie Hacker in 2007 to illustrate the nine movements in Olivier Messiaen's 1935 Organ suite of the same name.
    A performance of the suite, accompanied by these panels, was given in Winchester Cathedral on January 6th 2008 - the year of Messiaen's centenary - where these were exhibited.
    See www.churchtimes.co.uk/content.asp?id=50262

    best viewed in 'original' size
    For copyright reasons (as always in photographing works of art); this is placed here with the artist's kind approval, and may be removed at her request.

    For information about the artist, see:-

    The titles of the nine works (which were created to be viewed individually) are:-
    La vierge et l’enfant; Les bergers; Desseins eternals
    [ The Virgin & the baby; The Shepherds; Eternal destiny]

    Le verbe; Les enfants de Dieu; Les anges
    [The Word; The children of God; The angels]

    Jésus accepte la souffrance; Les mages; Dieu parmi nous
    [Jesus accepts suffering; The Magi; God among us]

    Please note that these photos were taken in a mixture of daylight and artificial lighting in Winchester Cathedral and thus may not represent the exact colours of the works. However, I find even these reproductions exciting, and can only urge you to look for more of this artist's work.

    Martin Beek, rajmarshall, bweisbrodt, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Martin Beek 84 months ago | reply

      These are fascinating, can't think why you've not had more people commenting on them. Still with Flickr some things forever remain a mystery. Well photographed too.

    2. Martin Beek 84 months ago | reply

      Avignon, France (Olivier Messiaen)
      This could be of interest. I find his interests in birdsong and his creative take on composing of great interest.
      Thanks Mike for the responses vie e-mail. What a shame the general Flickr public are not looking at this work it deserves to be seen.

    3. Richard Corfield (M0RJC) 83 months ago | reply

      It's a very nice shot of a nice piece of artwork.

      A assume that is on display looking at the lighting.

    4. MikeJDavis 83 months ago | reply

      Thanks Richard - no, they were nine separate items displayed independently on separate stands. I brought them together to show the variety & scope of the work.

      The artist had suggested that I should show them individually, but my experience of Flickr means that only one or two would get viewed. This way the 'original' size enables individual viewing of the composite.

    5. Morbit Photography [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

    6. skipsphotos 48 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the post. It's exciting to see that artwork has inspired artwork that has inspired artwork. :D

    7. MikeJDavis 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you for the invitation to post to the Tate Modern group. However, I think the original nine art works should be in the Tate Modern, not my reproduction (by permission of the artist) of them.

      I'm still excited by them - four years after I saw them!!

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