Music is one section of a two-panel decorative screen inspired by Japanese furnishings popularized by the Aesthetic Movement. Thomas Wilmer Dewing’s musician, dressed in Grecian robes and surrounded by an idyllic landscape, may be read as an allegory for nature’s soothing effect on the body and soul. For the wealthy businessmen who were Dewing’s greatest patrons, such ethereal scenes may have offered a reprieve from the demands of modern industry.
- Artist: Thomas Wilmer Dewing, American, 1851-1938
- Medium: Oil on canvas mounted on composition board and wooden panel
- Dates: ca. 1896-1900
- Dimensions: 51 7/16 x 20 7/16 in. (130.7 x 51.9 cm) Frame: 60 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (153.7 x 74.9 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "T. W. Dewing"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Expanding Horizons, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 75.206
- Credit Line: Gift of Martin Horowitz
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938). Music, ca. 1896-1900. Oil on canvas mounted on composition board and wooden panel, 51 7/16 x 20 7/16 in. (130.7 x 51.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Martin Horowitz, 75.206
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)