Sunday, 12 June 2016

Jay Chou's MV for Bedtime Stories: Famous European Paintings

After I had shared my post about the MV for Bedtime Stories on the Facebook Page, I got a most enlightening comment from a fellow Jay Chou fan, who is also an art lover and creator, Alex Marsolais.

Alex said:
"I also love how he incorporates those famous paintings and interacts with them."

Truth to tell, I knew those were famous paintings but not being an art afficionado and being somewhat lazy to do research, I did not dare to mention too much in my first post apart from the fact that they were definitely of European!
So I was immensely grateful for Alex's art education and decided to write about these works in a separate post.

This is Alex's website and when you click on Art, you can look for Diao and see what I mean about his Jay fandom:

According to Alex, there are three clear-cut references.

1. The Scream (1893) by Edvard Munch, a Norweigian born painter and printer.

More about Munch here:

And about The Scream:

2. The Persistence of Memory (1931) by Salvador Dali, a Spanish surrealist painter and this is one of his most recognizable works (except to art-ignorant people like yours truly).

More about Dali:

About The Persistence of Memory:

3. The Birth of Venus (1486) by Sandro Botticelli, an Italian painter in the Early Renaissance.

About Botticelli:

About The Birth of Venus:

4. Another indirect reference was the appearance and mention of apples, likely related to Rene Magritte, a Belgian surrealist artist who had quite a few works centred around that familiar fruit, most notably The Son of Man (1964).

About Rene Magritte:

About The Son of Man:

Only one thing to say about Jay:


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