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Theodore Robinson
At the Piano
1887
oil
16 1/2 x 25 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



Playing the piano was a symbol of gentility and accomplishment in European and American society. The room, with its right angles and muted colors, contrasts with the flowing curves of the grand piano and the player's dress. Sheet music, piano, and flowers evoke a concert of sight, sound, and smell.