Vintage Les Quatre Saisons Mid Century Needlepoint Panel

Vintage Les Quatre Saisons Mid Century Needlepoint Panel


Vintage from the 1960s



The Four Seasons is a group of four violin concerti by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives musical expression to a season of the year. They were written around 1716–1717 and were published in 1725 in Amsterdam.

The Four Seasons is the best known of Vivaldi's works. Though three of the concerti are wholly original, the first, "Spring", borrows motifs from a Sinfonia in the first act of Vivaldi's contemporaneous opera Il Giustino. The inspiration for the concertos is not the countryside around Mantua, as initially supposed, where Vivaldi was living at the time, since according to Karl Heller[1] they could have been written as early as 1716–1717, while Vivaldi was engaged with the court of Mantua only in 1718. They were a revolution in musical conception: in them Vivaldi represented flowing creeks, singing birds (of different species, each specifically characterized), a shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, hunting parties from both the hunters' and the prey's point of view, frozen landscapes, and warm winter fires.

With that knowledge this piece sings Mid Century in so many wonderful ways! The colors, the costumes, the needlepoint and general look, is a nod to cubism. Though much of the artwork from the early 1950s were muted in tone, this one stands out. The colors are loud and brilliant and evocative, with no shame in displaying the idea of four seasons. Many artists explored the four seasons in their work and for good reason. With so much meaning to explore, the mutable shifts in our atmosphere, both literal and figurative, elicit vast exploration emotionally, intellectually and creatively.

The piece comes without glass and I'm going to keep it that way so that YOU can change the presentation and add the glass; if you so wish. It measures 32" in width by 25 1/4" in height.

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