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Petrouchka

Terry Webb Harshman

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Lovelytown - Italy

What enchanting combination of colors!!!! really beautiful artwork Terry

Thank you so very much, Donatella!!

Tampa, FL - United States

Wow great work of art!!!

Thank you so much, Marvin!!! :)

Rome, La - Italy

Wow, so beautiful, love this! F/V

Thank you so much for your words and support! :)

Oregon Coast - United States

Wow Terry, that is an amazing story...so sad for the little puppets. This is an awesome artwork, love it! Your colors come alive, it's like it pulls you in to the puppet's world! Really great art, such talent F/V ~Blessings and Peace :)

Thank you so much, dear Michelle, for your support and wonderful comments! I'm so happy that you like it! God bless!

Strykersville, NY - United States

I just love this - I've no words to express all that it says to me. How brilliantly you've interpreted this powerful ballet and added meaning for us today. Outstanding work. F/V

Lianne, what wonderful and kind things to say to another artist! I can't thank you enough, and I'm so pleased that you like it! Thank you, my friend!

Charlotte, NC - United States

What a fun and colorful image! Well Done!/v

Thank you very much for your comments, Diana!! Much appreciated!!

SJ, NL - Canada

Wonderful capture! V

Thank you so much!!

Long Island, ny - United States

terry this is such a captivating colorful beautiful painting,love the blues:) v/f

Thank you for such lovely comments, Ed! You lifted my spirits!

Salisbury, MA - United States

Wonderful work... v

Thanks very much, K!!

Bulli , Ne - Australia

wow beautiful work voted

Thank you, Pamela!! Much appreciated!!

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Title

Petrouchka

Artist

Terry Webb Harshman

Medium

Painting - Watercolor/digital

Description

Petrouchka, the ballet, was composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1910-11. The setting takes place at the Shrovetide fair in Admiralty Square, St. Petersburg, in 1830. The main characters are the Charlatan, the wicked director of amusements, and the puppets he keeps confined backstage ... the Moor, the Ballerina, and Petrouchka. When the Charlatan blows his flute, the three puppets spark to life, transformed into real people with real feelings. They leap from their little stage and dance in a frenzy among the thrilled and astounded carnival-goers.

Later, the Charlatan throws Petrouchka back in his dark cell. Petrouchka is humiliated and yearns to escape the Charlatan's cruel treatment. He also tries to express the love he feels for the Ballerina, but she rejects him for the Moor.

In the final scene, evening has come, and the carnival is in full swing. There is much dancing and merriment in the street. Suddenly Petrouchka runs through the square, followed by the Moor in hot pursuit, brandishing a sword! The crowd is horrified when the Moor catches up and cuts Petrouchka down. The Moor then flees with the Ballerina.

Petrouchka tries to rise, then falls back lifeless. The Charlatan calms the crowd and police by showing them that the dead man is merely a puppet filled with sawdust. The crowd, relieved, departs and the Charlatan walks slowly towards his booth, dragging the limp figure behind him. Suddenly, Petrouchkas ghost appears on the roof of the theater, his cry now in the form of an angry protest. The Charlatan flees in terror, with a single frightened glance over his shoulder. The scene is hushed, leaving the spectators to wonder who was real and who was not.

The character, Petrouchka, was first danced by Vaslav Nijinsky and many years later by Rudolph Nureyev.

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