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Le Piano

exhibited 1910 Romaine Brooks Born: Rome, Italy 1874 Died: Nice, France 1970 oil on canvas 45 3/4 x 64 7/8 in. (116.2 x 164.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1968.18.8 Not currently on view


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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

Keywords

Figure female - knee length

Figure(s) in interior - domestic

Performing arts - music - piano

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas