The effect of music on painting J.S. Bach’s fugue form in Paul Klee and Mehmet Mahir’s painting / Aysegul Terkan Gurcan

Gurcan, Aysegul Terkan (2023) The effect of music on painting J.S. Bach’s fugue form in Paul Klee and Mehmet Mahir’s painting / Aysegul Terkan Gurcan. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).


Throughout history, as in other branches of science and art, a relationship has been tried to be established between music and painting. From the past to the present, many branches of science and art have formed an interdisciplinary focus, although they are not related to each other. This interaction is sometimes due to the interests and abilities of the artists, sometimes because they are synesthetic, and sometimes because they are in search of completely different things. In this study, the effect of music in painting was emphasized, the painters who painted with the influence of music from the Ancient Greek Times to the present day were discussed, and their paintings and music relations were examined. J.S. Bach's life and the definitions and shape structure of fugue and prelude forms are given, considering that it is important for music studies. Later, the life and the pictures that Paul Klee painted using the fugue structure were examined one by one in terms of musical and pictorial aspects. Before examining the paintings of Mehmet Mahir, a Turkish painter, information was given about the studies on this subject in Turkey. Afterward, Mehmet Mahir's life and his paintings, which he portrayed with Bach's fugue form, were examined. This research is a descriptive and research-based qualitative study aiming to reveal the existing situation based on a literature review. It is based on document analysis, which is one of the qualitative data collection methods from an interdisciplinary perspective. While the study was being carried out, the paintings of painters, which contain music in different ways from history to the present, were examined one by one. In addition, the study is also important in terms of explaining the painting of music from the past to the present, mentioning the works in both fields with examples and evaluating the paintings of two important painters, Paul Klee and Mehmet Mahir (painters who lived in different times from two different countries). While a total of 20 paintings by the two artists are evaluated, there are many paintings in the study that have been examined in terms of the picture of music.


Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Gurcan, Aysegul Terkan
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Thesis advisor
Mat Isa, Mohd Jamil
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Wan Mohamad Daud, Wan Samiati Andriana
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Art and Design
Programme: Doctor of Philosophy (Art & Design)
Keywords: Historical, music and arts, painting
Date: 2023
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