Baku, March 4, AZERTAC
The “Romantic Mugham” drawing was presented at the private painting exhibition in Budapest, Hungary, in 2013. After the exhibition the drawing “Romantic Mugham” was published at the postmarks of Hungary by its Post Office administration.
Artist Chingiz Mehbaliyev explained the meanings coming from his painting, “Romantic Mugham”.
The picture describes 3 musical instruments: - tar, qaval and kamancha, which melt and mixed with each other. The tar is fallen into the qaval and Kamancha is leaned on the leather of the qaval. There is a candle on kamancha which is on fire and on the other side the artist described a flying butterfly.
When talking about how the idea of the painting came up, the artist - Chingiz Mehbaliyev stressed out that the idea came to his mind and he painted the sketches while observing an elderly man who was listening to mugham. The elderly man had his eyes closed and was fantasizing while listening to mugham. It was pretty clear to me that he was remembering his youth years. The elderly man was putting his head into his shoulders and having his eyes closed. Mugham took him to very far places… to his romantic youth years - continued the artist. To me the man looked like mugham which is melting with the influence of love.
The national musical instruments described at the painting seems sheltered to each other while acting together. The candle which is on fire on the Kamancha and the butterfly flying on the opposite side are the symbol of love. But they got apart from each other like the elderly man who got apart from his youth and love.
The Mugham musical instruments reflect the older generation who listen to mugham and get nostalgic feelings. It seems like Mugham melts itself and pour into the souls of audience.