Renata Borgatti, Au Piano

  • Romaine Brooks, Renata Borgatti, Au Piano, 1920, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1968.18.13

Exhibition Label

Renata Borgatti, au Piano marked an important transition for Brooks. It is the earliest painting in which an identified female sitter displays an androgynous style that deliberately subverts gender norms and so inaugurates the artist's exploration of heroic lesbian identity. Borgatti was a professional pianist with whom Brooks began a brief affair while living on the island of Capri. Here Brooks returned to the theme she explored in Le Piano, but now presented woman as the producer rather than consumer of musical artistry.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016

Title
Renata Borgatti, Au Piano
Artist
Date
1920
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
55 7/8 x 74 1/4 in. (141.8 x 188.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Borgatti, Renata
  • Performing arts – music – piano
Object Number
1968.18.13
Palette
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