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Le Piano

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Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Exhibition Label
In Le Piano, Brooks elevated the familiar Aesthetic movement theme of a woman listening to music by imbuing the elegant young woman with concentration and focus. Nearly engulfed in her voluminous clothes, the figure leans forward intently within a fashionable interior. Brooks drew particular attention to her face and expression. The careful harmonies of black, white, and gray suggest the music she hears. The heavy form of the piano and the large lacquered pot of azaleas compress the space in an intimate view of the sitter, who in her absorption ignores the viewer.
The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016
Artist
Romaine Brooks, born Rome, Italy 1874-died Nice, France 1970
Date
exhibited 1910
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
45 3/4 x 64 7/8 in. (116.2 x 164.8 cm.)
Type
Painting
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
Object number
1968.18.8
Topic
Performing arts\music\piano
Figure female\knee length