Le Piano

  • Romaine Brooks, Le Piano, exhibited 1910, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1968.18.8

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

Title
Le Piano
Artist
Date
exhibited 1910
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
45 3/4 x 64 7/8 in. (116.2 x 164.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – knee length
  • Performing arts – music – piano
Object Number
1968.18.8
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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