William Sidney Mount / The Power of Music / 1847William Sidney Mount
The Power of Music

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Creator Name: Mount, William Sidney
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1807 - 1868
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: William Sidney Mount
Title: The Power of Music
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1847
Creation End Date: 1847
Creation Date: 1847
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 43.4cm x 53.5cm
Inscriptions: signed lower left: Wm S. MOUNT. / 1847
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1991.110
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Context: Set in rural New York before the Civil War, this scene of a man eavesdropping on a pensive fiddle tune speaks eloquently of the divisive race relations in America. While music connects the men, they occupy different spaces. The painting thus parallels the sentiments of the state's constitutional convention in 1846, which denied free blacks the right to vote, judging them to be "among, but not of us." Such a painting of separate but peaceful coexistence offered its original white audience a deceptivelysimple solution to the North's difficult social problems. Every aspect of the African-American man's pose and expression indicated his knowledge and appreciation of what he hears.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1991.110
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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