“Musicales,” social evenings featuring music making, and their depiction in painting were exceedingly popular during the late nineteenth century among the upper classes, interested in demonstrating their cultivation and dedication to an artistic lifestyle. Departing from the typical parlor setting, Stacy Tolman relocated the musicale to the artist’s studio, lending the scene a bohemian ambiance. He also pictured himself as the violinist, evoking classical comparisons between music and visual art. The pale green palms and parasol hanging at the upper left may be a nod to late nineteenth-century Japanism, a fascination with Asian art that influenced the Aesthetic Movement.
Oil on canvas
36 1/4 x 46 in. (92 x 116.9 cm)
frame: 46 1/8 x 56 x 3 3/4 in. (117.2 x 142.2 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left (traced over weaker signature): "Stacy Tolman / 1887"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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Stacy Tolman (American, 1860-1935). The Musicale, 1887. Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 46 in. (92 x 116.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 51.211 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.211_SL1.jpg)
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