Pianos And Organs In Art And Illustration


Pianos in art tend to feature women (rather than men). Piano art also quite frequently features cats. In the public imagination, cats and women are linked. Where there is a man, he’s statistically more likely to be gazing at the woman playing piano than actually playing himself.

The Etude Music Magazine September 1926
The Etude Music Magazine September 1926
The Etude Music Magazine January 1927
Frank Dicksee ‘Harmony’
George Sheridan Knowles - The Duet
George Sheridan Knowles – The Duet
‘Lanza Candles’ (United Stearin Factories) Illustrator unknown, 1907
Leon Wyczółkowski (Polish, 1852–1936) I saw once – a scene near the piano, 1884
Konrad Krzyzanowski (1872 – 1922) At the piano, 1904
Frank Dicksee ‘A Reverie’
Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (Danish painter, 1863 – 1935), Musical evening, date unknown
Frank Dicksee 'Old Songs'
Frank Dicksee ‘Old Songs’
Charles Robinson
Raggedy Andy’s Surprise by Johnny Gruelle, illustrated by Tom Sinnickson (1953) piano
Elizabeth Enright wrote and illustrated ‘The Saturdays’, a book about a family of four kids growing up in NYC 1941
The Etude Music Magazine May 1933 cover art by Florence McCurdy
George-Roux-1855-Spirit
George Roux, 1855, ‘Spirit’.
William Arthur Breakspeare - The Reluctant Pianist
William Arthur Breakspeare – The Reluctant Pianist
William Chase The Keynote 1915
The Keynote 1915 William Chase (1878-1944)
Carl Holsøe (1863 - 1935) Girl in an Interior, 1900 piano
Carl Holsøe (1863 – 1935) ‘Girl in an Interior’, 1900.
Stanley Cursiter (1887–1976) - Musicians piano violin
Stanley Cursiter (1887–1976), ‘Musicians’. The young woman looking straight at the viewer is sitting against a large mirror.
Poster by Werner von Axster-Heudtlass, 1949, Steinway piano advertisement.
The Etude Music Magazine January 1927
The Etude Music Magazine January 1927
Elizabeth Shippen Green, early 20th Century American illustrator. A girl sings next to a piano.
Madeleine Lemaire - A Welcome Distraction from Piano Practice ca. 1900
Madeleine Lemaire – A Welcome Distraction from Piano Practice ca. 1900. Clearly interested in each other. The young woman displays her erotic ankles.
Practising by Gustave Leonard de Jonghe (1829-1893)
by Rose O’Neill, 1904. A very young girl receives a piano lesson from the archetypal spinster piano teacher.
Louis Wain, cats piano
Louis Wain
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)
Silvestro Lega (1826 – 1895) Italian, The Starling’s Song 1860
Poster by Gallo, circa 1920. A cat attempts to play piano.
Bernie Fuchs (1932 - 2009) 1959 illustration for Intercontinental Hotels piano
Bernie Fuchs (1932 – 2009) 1959 illustration for Intercontinental Hotels piano
Stanislav Zhukovsky (Poland 1875–1944 Russia) Room With A Piano 1916-7
Poolside Piano Practice, June 11, 1960 by George Hughes
At the Piano, Henry Patrick Raleigh (1880-1944)
George Goodwin Kilburne - A Young Woman at a Piano 1880
George Goodwin Kilburne – ‘A Young Woman at a Piano’, 1880.
George Goodwin Kilburne - The Recital piano
George Goodwin Kilburne – ‘The Recital’
William Arthur Breakspeare - The Alluring Student piano
William Arthur Breakspeare – ‘The Alluring Student’. She is posed for admiration.
Norman Rockwell – E. Ware, ‘Jeff Raleigh’s Piano Solo’, The Saturday Evening Post, May 27, 1939
Lord Frederic Leighton - The Golden Hours piano
Lord Frederic Leighton – The Golden Hours
Edmund Blair Leighton - The Piano Lesson
Edmund Blair Leighton – The Piano Lesson
Piano Practice Interrupted, Willem Bartel van der Kooi, 1813
Piano Practice Interrupted, Willem Bartel van der Kooi, 1813
Thomas Wilmer Dewing - The Spinet
Thomas Wilmer Dewing – The Spinet. The spinet is a small harpsichord with the strings set obliquely to the keyboard, popular in the 18th century.
The Etude Music Magazine November 1927
The Etude Music Magazine November 1927
Tadahiro Uesugi piano
Tadahiro Uesugi, Japanese illustrator
'Haydn Sonata No. 34 in E Minor Sonata No. 49 in E Flat Major' - Lili Kraus piano
‘Haydn Sonata No. 34 in E Minor Sonata No. 49 in E Flat Major’ – Lili Kraus piano
Player Piano advertisement 1909
Player Piano advertisement 1909
The Street Organ from Adventures in Wonderland October 1955
Adventures in Wonderland October 1955 back cover
Saturday Evening Post April 1951. Art by Amos Sewell.
John Falter art. Piano practice for Saturday Evening Post March 3 1951
Lemon girl young adult novella

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