Born: New York, New York 1879
Died: Santa Monica, California 1956
oil on canvas 50 x 40 in. (127.0 x 101.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 7A
Luce Center Label
Hugo Ballin loved music and liked to play the piano when he was not painting. In this image the teacher plays a portative organ and her student follows on a flute. Before the ruptures of the First World War, middle-class American families still aspired to a nineteenth-century ideal of gentility. Children, particularly girls, were encouraged to study art and music as part of their upbringing. The dark, richly patterned background of this painting evokes a luxurious tapestry, reflecting the cultivated life of young ladies at the turn of the twentieth century.
Figure group - female
Occupation - education - student
Performing arts - music - flute
Performing arts - music - virginal
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
About Hugo Ballin
Born: New York, New York 1879 Died: Santa Monica, California 1956
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