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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Elie Nadelman, American (Warsaw, Poland 1882 - 1946 New York, NY)
The Pianiste
Work Type
figure, sculpture
c. 1920-1924
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Physical Descriptions

Stained and painted wood, and iron wire
92.7 x 55.9 x 29.8 cm (36 1/2 x 22 x 11 3/4 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[Swetzoff Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts], sold; to Dr. and Mrs. John P. Spiegel, 1956, gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1956.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John P. Spiegel
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 132, ill.
  • Lincoln Kirstein, Elie Nadelman, The Eakins Press (New York, NY, 1973), p. 298
  • Nicholas Roukes, Masters of Wood Sculpture, Watson-Guptill Publications and Pitman House (New York, NY and London, England, 1980), ill. p. 25
  • Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, p. 71, fig. 66
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 132, cat. 150, ill.
  • James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 194, ill. p. 195
  • Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997
  • Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), ill. p. 195
  • Margaret K. Hofer and Roberta J.M. Olson, Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman, New York Historical Society and D. Giles (London and New York, 2015), pp. 104, 340-342, cat, IV, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • Boston Collects Modern Art, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, 05/24/1964 - 06/14/1964
  • American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972
  • Modern Art at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/1985 - 01/05/1986
  • The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001
  • Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman, New York Historical Society, New York, 05/20/2016 - 08/21/2016

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