Can you identify the insturments in Matisse's (The Joy of life)?
June 23, 2006 10:57 AM   Subscribe

What are the musical instruments depicted in Matisse's 'Le bonheur de vivre(The Joy of life)' called?

Rather than swamp some particular website, Googling here.

I had thought they were pan flutes, but those are apparently made from reeds. I do seem to remember some depictions of pan dancing with two flute/horn/recorders like the ones being played down center. Has my brain snapped a cog?
posted by Orb2069 to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
Clarinets or soprano saxes.
posted by wsg at 11:02 AM on June 23, 2006

I think you're talking about the aulos.
posted by nekton at 11:03 AM on June 23, 2006

posted by Wolfdog at 11:39 AM on June 23, 2006

Rhaita? Matisse does have a Morocco connection.
posted by transient at 11:40 AM on June 23, 2006

I don't know if it's really in the Matisse, but as far as the depiction of Pan, I think Nekton is's probably the aulos. You might have seen a picture of Marsyas, since he is a satyr famous for getting beat up by Apollo...

I think I remember seeing a random Satyr playing one of those things in the D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.
posted by giantfist at 11:42 AM on June 23, 2006

Definitely the aulos. Check out the lady in the front. If it were a clarinet or saxophone, she'd be doing something more like this guy.

[Forgive me; I just really wanted to post a Rashaan Roland Kirk picture.]
posted by rossination at 11:53 AM on June 23, 2006

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