16 WILLIAM MICHAEL HARNETT, 1848-1892 Still Life—Violin and Music
Oil on canvas; 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
In this work of 1888 Harnett pushes trompe-l'oeil painting to its limits, presenting objects in a daring range of spatial planes: the sheet mu-sic and calling card are shown with edges bent, not flat; the partly open door suggests depth behind it; heavy items are suspended on strings or balanced precariously on nails. Harnett delights in the textures and subdued colors of the old violin and its gleaming strings; in the silver, ivory, and granadilla piccolo; in the metal hinges, horseshoe, hasp, and lock. His technical brilliance and popular subject matter made him the most emulated American still-life painter of his generation. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1963, 63.85
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Still Life—Violin and Music by WIlliam Michael Harnett
From The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, 1983.