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At the Piano

Artist:
Theodore Robinson (1852–1896)
Date:
ca. 1887
Medium:
Charcoal and gouache on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
17 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (44.5 x 28.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Sheila and Richard J. Schwartz Fund, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.279
Not on view
This charming domestic vignette reveals Robinson’s academic training prior to his adoption of an Impressionist style about 1888. The emphasis on volumetric forms and carefully rendered details is especially evident in the young woman’s slender fingers and delicate facial features. The drawing relates to two paintings of piano subjects of the same date (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.).
Inscription: [at lower right]: T. Robinson
Ira M. Spanierman, New York, until 1986
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