An image of Adagio

Tom Roberts

(England, Australia 08 Mar 1856 – 14 Sep 1931)

Adagio

Other titles:
Girl with Violin, Violinist
Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

'Adagio' reflects Roberts' great love of music during the 1890s, when he attended regular musical soire├ęs and counted musicians amongst his friends and portrait subjects. Representing a brief divergence from his generally realist approach, it shows the influence of the European Symbolists who were inspired by the idea of a relationship between musical and pictorial expression. Like them, Roberts aimed to encourage contemplation: evoking ideas and feelings which could not be expressed through a more literal transcription of reality.

Place of origin
Australia
Year
(circa 1893)
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on paperboard
Dimensions
25.4 x 50.6 cm board; 24.0 x 49.4 cm sight edge; 44.4 x 69.8 x 3.6 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1947
Accession number
8010