Django and Art
“Don’t talk to me about music!
At the moment I am painting………………………….” Django
Django painting at Hudson Hotel NYC, Nov 1946 with the Gibson ES-300 present in the hotel room. The model’s posing subject appears to be a reclining nude.
After a Swiss tour with Michel de Villers the Baritone Saxist in September 1946 he took up painting to make up for the lack of regular guitar gigs.
He discovers a new passion which brings him more into contact with his brother Joseph, fellow musician Roger Chaput, and his friend Amédée Pianfetti: painting, and particularly landscapes; also and very uncommon for a Roma – nudes.
Girl in a Dingy
The painting of landscapes arises from his love of nature. His interest is aroused to such an extent that some visitors find his guitar covered with a thick layer of dust, and journalist are laconically told not to talk talk to him about music, as he was immersed in painting. But he always continued to play, e.g. the piano for a change
The ageing Jean Sablon with Django’s Gauguinesque painting that he received from him as a personal gift in 1946
The following Studies seem to be of the same Model with accent on heavy thighs
Curious setting – is this an erotic road to nowhere or an inspired eiderdown landscape with a curious sun face.
Django at Salon des Vedettes Exhibition, Palais des Beaux Arts, 1952
Joseph Reinhardt apparently still lived the nomadic existence of his forebears and enjoyed nature at 1st hand, he showed his Roma love for nature in various paintings of caravan scenes, campfires, horses etc..