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Melodies Motif

  • Back in the late 170s, Victor Lysakov discovered that several of his paintings became more expressive when accompanied by certain music. He would experience them separately—painting without music, music without painting. When united, the music and his works of art would together create an amazing phenomenon.

    The Melodies Motif includes paintings such as The Orchestra, Hebraic Russia (Russian Carnival) and The Guide. When viewing The Orchestra, Victor Lysakov realized that the piece became more vivid when jazz, pipe organ or classical music was played. After completing Hebraic Russia, (while the painting belongs to the Carnival motif the relationship of artist to the music is very telling nevertheless), he sat in his empty studio and listened to music by Russian composer Yuriev and vocalist Evgeniya Smolyaninova. The romantic song "In the Moonlight" left a remarkable impression. While he beheld The Guide in the presence of Mozart, even he was left in some sort of religious shock.

    Lysakov now evaluates a painting's composition by its "sound" and "voice." Every virtuous painting carries a tune. "If I hear the melody of the painting, it is a successful one." he says. "If not, you can destroy it, paint over it or erase it." Oftentimes, his psyche will hear the sound of a flute, accordion, violin, pipe band or symphonic orchestra.

    Many collectors have approached Lysakov with their personal testimonies of how these Melodies Motif images have affected them. After a long day's work, one aficionado shared that his perfect way of unwinding is to turn on classical music and gaze at one of Victor Lysakov's paintings.

    "These paintings were designed to go well together with music," he says. "I am an artist, but I write music."

  • Accordion Player

    Accordion Player

    1997, Oil on Canvas, Size: 35 x 32, Private Collection
  • A Man Playing a Flute

    A Man Playing a Flute

    1986, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 39, Private Collection
  • Conductor

    Conductor

    1986, Oil on Canvas, Size: 43 x 57, Private Collection
  • Flute Melody

    Flute Melody

    1997, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 39
  • Flute Sunday

    Flute Sunday

    1989, Oil on Canvas, Size: 59 x 51, Private Collection
  • Landscape with an Accordionist

    Landscape with an Accordionist

    1996, Oil on Canvas, Size: 20 x 16

    Accordions have a bittersweet place in Russian history. During World War II, if a Russian soldier captured a German accordion, it was considered a revered trophy. After the war, Russian veterans would often earn a living playing these accordions near local train stations. With my father a career officer, we constantly relocated, trading one small town for the next. Each new town had a train station, and it was there that I saw the inevitable accordionist. Although patriotic in his medal-decorated coat, it was his missing limbs, unshaven face and somber songs that revealed the brutal scars of war.

    When I painted this image, the antiquated accordions were long obsolete and replaced by modern CD players. This painting honors the accordionists, who played melodies to themselves, stroking the music with their fingers and ear. The nighttime ambiance offers a bit of tenderness and hope. Although the grueling war has long been forgotten, the tune remains.

  • Musician

    Musician

    1986, Oil on Canvas, Size: 16 x 19, Private Collection
  • Orchestra

    Orchestra

    1986, Oil on Canvas, Size: 46 x 46, Private Collection
  • Pan

    Pan

    1988, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 20, Private Collection
  • Pastoral for Kestral

    Pastoral for Kestral

    1995, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 39
  • Reflections

    Reflections

    1998, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24, Private Collection
  • Repeating Sound

    Repeating Sound

    1989, Oil on Canvas, Size: 51 x 39

    “Tum Balalaika”
    The groom is thinking all night long
    He is thinking and thinking all night long
    Who should I chose and would not confuse
    Who should I chose and would not confuse
    Tumbala, tum-bala, tum-balalaika
    Tum-bala, tum-bala, tum-balala
    Tum-balalaika, play for my heart
    Let it rejoice together with you!

    The balalaika is an instrument of Russian origin. It has a triangular body, a long neck with frets, a flat back and a thin, slightly arched soundboard. This instrument is often associated with the traditional Yiddish folk melody, “Tum Balalaika,” a love song about finding the perfect wife for marriage. The song is quite simple and the message is universally understood. It knows no borders – it is one tight knot that unites nations, ethnicities, blood, passion and infinite love. Whether the song was played centuries ago or performed in modern day, the sound reverberates. Catch your breath for a moment and pause…do you hear it?

     

  • The Red Monday

    The Red Monday

    1989, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 24, Private Collection
  • Tuba Player

    Tuba Player

    1987, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 16, Private Collection