The Old Violin
Date: 1888
Medium: Oil on canvas on board
Dimensions: 40 x 28 1/4 in. (101.6 x 71.8 cm) frame: 43 x 32 in. (109.2 x 81.3 cm)
Credit Line: Louisa du Pont Copeland Memorial Fund, 1940
Object Number: 1940-6
About: This work belongs to the trompe l'oeil (or "fool the eye") tradition of still-life painting that was popular in late-19th-century America. Indeed, the violin, glasses, and sheet music seem to protrude three-dimensionally, and the artist has painted convincing shadows for these elements. This painting technique, an inventive approach to representing still-life subject matter, requires excellent technical skills.
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