Uranus, The Magician Picture

Back in 1998, I was bent on completing a series of print illustrations to accompany Gustav Holst's symphonic suite, "The Planets" Each movement in the suite depicts the character of the god or goddess for whom each planet in the solar system was named. There are seven movements in Holst's suite - at the time the work was composed (1911) our system was known to contain only seven planets plus earth. I eventually completed a Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Uranus. I have sketches for Venus and Jupiter, but those remain incomplete.
The primary musical character of "Uranus, the Magician" is a bombastic symphonic march. Holst composed "The Planets" in the early part of the Twentieth Century - a time marked by significant change in industry and infrastructure. Those who had the means of capitalizing upon new technologies became demigods. The new innovations must have also seemed like magic to inhabitants of the day.
Mythologically speaking, Uranus was the offspring and spouse of Gaea - with whom he fathered the Titans. By most accounts in myth, Uranus was a tyrant. My interpretation of Uranus presents a combination of Holst's musical rendition and a smattering of the classical myth. He is a brash tycoon and taskmaster, monopolizer of all the modern technological marvels of mechanization. The percussive nature of the music gave rise to the background of industry and machinery. Uranus has forced his children (Titans) to work for him in his factory. Unfortunately for him, this vast empire - and his tyrannical reign, are about to come crashing down. This is a linoleum reduction print, made through six successive runs.
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