Piet Mondrian: he was intrigued by syncopated rhythms found in Jazz and used it in his work. You can see the way the red and blue follow within the yellow line giving a pulsating effect and forming a beat. This painting was based on Boogie-Woogie played by three jazz pianist. The yellow lines guide the eye between the large rectangles which are spaced in a way as to imply syncopation.

There are few key features when it comes to jazz music.

Principle of chord-scale compatibility which is the idea that a sequence of chords will generate a sequence of scales. A four chord progression may use four different scales, often as a result of chordal alterations.

Syncopation: is a series of notes presented off the beat. An example being the eight note (half a beat) which is immediately followed by a quarter note (one beat) and another eight note.

Polyrhythm is two or more independent rhythms playing at the same time. This could be portrayed as a soloist playing groups of three or six notes while the rest of the band plays in 4/4 time. This forms a rhythmic conflict or a momentary disruption.

A swung eight note is when themusician elongates the first eight note and shortens the second.


Stuart Davis: The depiction of a fast paced musical composition in relation to the busy modern city life can be seen with his use of squiggly lines and colours which looks like it being confined within a certain space. He was influenced by the rhythms that were found in jazz music and tried to visual incorporate that in his work.