- Exhibition Label
- Born Rocky Mount, North Carolina
- A leader of the postwar jazz revolution, Thelonious Monk—along with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker—sparked the “bebop” movement, a jazz style faster and more frenetic than the swing that had held sway since the thirties. Monk’s piano style has been called eccentric: “his melodies were angular, his harmonies full of jarring clusters.” His recording career took off in the mid-1950s, and he won an enthusiastic following, often playing with such other avant-garde musicians as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. His compositions “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” and “Epistrophy” are considered classics of modern jazz.
- Collection Description
- In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.
- Data Source
- National Portrait Gallery
- Boris Chaliapin, 1904 - 1979
- Thelonious Sphere Monk, 10 Oct 1917 - 17 Feb 1982
- Credit Line
- National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
- Oil on canvas
- Stretcher: 53.3 x 38.1 x 2.5cm (21 x 15 x 1")
- Frame: 65.4 x 49.8 x 6cm (25 3/4 x 19 5/8 x 2 3/8")