Music of the Blind by Albert Abramovitz

Music of the Blind by Albert Abramovitz

Music of the Blind

Albert Abramovitz

Title

Music of the Blind

 
Artist
Year
c. 1935  
Technique
woodengraving 
Image Size
6 x 9" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
under 25 
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower center; stamped verso: Federal Art Project/ NYC WPA 
Reference
GSA WPA Artwork, p. 344; PMA FA 11198; Metropolitan Museum of Art 43.33.133 
Paper
smooth cream wove Basingwerk Parchment with partial watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
Federal Art Project NYC WPA 
Inventory ID
MIST101 
Price
$600.00 
Description
For many centuries, the blind were separated from society and thought to be unteachable. Abramovitz's image of blind musicians was created in the decade that produced the white cane as a mobility tool and symbol of blindness. Today society is more accepting of those with visual impairments but in his imagery, Abramovitz isolates the musicians by placing them on a seemingly vacant street where they play their instruments and vocalize. The only hint of an audience or a link to society is the offered donation cup in the woman's right hand.