Inscribed 'Mané-Katz' t.l.
Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 25 5/8 (54 x 65)
Presented by Mr and Mrs Alexander Margulies 1959
Prov: Mr and Mrs Alexander Margulies, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Art Exhibition, Festival of Jewish Arts, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, February 1951 (58, repr.); Mané-Katz, Redfern Gallery, London, September-October 1951 (12)
Lit: Robert S. Ariès, Mané-Katz 1894-1962: The Complete Works (London 1970), Vol.1, No.492, p.149 repr. as 'Orchestra'
Repr: Michel Ragon, Mané-Katz (Paris 1960), p.62
This is a work of imagination, but was inspired by the bands of musicians one used to see before the war in the villages of Eastern Europe. Mané-Katz made many similar paintings of musicians, though the later works were more abstracted and simplified in treatment (the artist in letters of 9 and 23 January 1960).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.473-4, reproduced p.473