William Michael Harnett, 1886 - The Old Violin - fine art print

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Original information about the work of art by the museum (© Copyright - National Gallery of Art - National Gallery of Art)

The Old Violin is one of Harnett's most famous paintings. The subject is deceptively simple; a violin, a sheet of music, a small newspaper clipping, and a blue envelope are shown against a background formed by a green wooden door. The painting is also a work of multi–layered meanings involving the relationships between illusion and reality, between old and new, and between the momentary and the enduring. At the heart of such meanings is the transience of time, which the artist illustrated by showing signs of wear and age throughout the painting. Even the songs, one from Bellini's La Sonnambula, and the other the popular song "Helas, Quelle Douleur", are concerned with temporal change. But it is the violin itself, now mute, but worn with use and still dusted with rosin, that speaks most evocatively of past pleasures.

Work of art information

Title of the artwork: "The Old Violin"
Classification of the artwork: painting
Category: modern art
Temporal classification: 19th century
Created in the year: 1886
Age of artwork: around 130 years old
Artwork original medium: oil on canvas
Size of the original work of art: 96,5 x 60 cm (38 x 23 5/8 in)
Exhibited in: National Gallery of Art
Museum location: Washington D.C., United States of America
Museum website: www.nga.gov
License: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Art, Washington

About the artist

Artist: William Michael Harnett
Also known as: prof. harnett, Harnett William, Harnett William Michael, Harnett William M., w.m. harnett, William Michael Harnett, Harnett
Gender of the artist: male
Nationality: Irish
Professions of the artist: painter
Home country: Ireland
Classification: modern artist
Art styles: Realism
Life span: 44 years
Born in the year: 1848
City of birth: Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland
Year died: 1892
Place of death: New York City, New York state, United States

The product

Article categorization: wall art
Reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Production method: digital printing
Provenance: German production
Type of stock: on demand
Product use: wall picture, wall gallery
Alignment: portrait alignment
Side ratio: 2 : 3 - (length : width)
Aspect ratio implication: the length is 33% shorter than the width
Available reproduction materials: poster print (canvas paper), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond), canvas print
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) variants: 20x30cm - 8x12", 40x60cm - 16x24", 60x90cm - 24x35", 80x120cm - 31x47", 100x150cm - 39x59"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size variants: 20x30cm - 8x12", 40x60cm - 16x24", 60x90cm - 24x35", 80x120cm - 31x47", 100x150cm - 39x59"
Poster print (canvas paper) options: 40x60cm - 16x24", 60x90cm - 24x35", 80x120cm - 31x47"
Aluminium dibond print size variants: 20x30cm - 8x12", 40x60cm - 16x24", 60x90cm - 24x35", 80x120cm - 31x47"
Art print framing: no frame

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  • The canvas print: A printed canvas material stretched on a wood frame. Furthermore, a canvas produces a cosy and appealing effect. The great advantage of canvas prints is that they are relatively low in weight, which implies that it is easy to hang up your Canvas print without extra wall-mounts. Because of thatcanvas prints are suitable for all types of walls.
  • Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating): The print on acrylic glass, often named a UV print on plexiglass, will turn an artwork into beautiful wall décor and is a great alternative to dibond or canvas prints. The artwork is being made with the help of modern UV direct printing technology. This has the image effect of intense, deep color tones. With an acrylic glass art print contrasts as well as small artwork details will be identifiable with the help of the fine tonal gradation. Our acrylic glass protects your selected art print against sunlight and heat for decades.
  • Aluminium dibond (metal print): Aluminium Dibond prints are prints on metal with an impressive depth. A direct Direct Print on Aluminum Dibond is the best introduction to the sophisticated world of fine prints produced with aluminum. For our Direct Print On Aluminum Dibond, we print the chosen work of art on the aluminium composite surface. The white & bright sections of the work of art shimmer with a silk gloss, however without glow. The colors are luminous and bright in the highest definition, the fine details of the print are crisp.
  • Printed poster on canvas material: Our poster is a UV printed sheet of flat canvas paper with a slightly rough surface structure. Please keep in mind, that depending on the size of the poster print we add a white margin between 2-6cm around the print to facilitate the framing with your custom frame.

About the more than 130 year-old artpiece

"The Old Violin" is a piece of art made by William Michael Harnett in 1886. The original measures the size: 96,5 x 60 cm (38 x 23 5/8 in) and was crafted with the medium oil on canvas. The artwork forms part of the National Gallery of Art's art collection, which is the museum of the US-American nation that preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art. We are pleased to state that this public domain artwork is being provided with courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.Creditline of the artwork: . On top of that, alignment is in portrait format and has an image ratio of 2 : 3, which means that the length is 33% shorter than the width. William Michael Harnett was a painter from Ireland, whose artistic style can mainly be assigned to Realism. The artist lived for a total of 44 years, born in 1848 in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland and passed away in the year 1892 in New York City, New York state, United States.

Important legal note: We try everythig possible to describe the products with as many details as possible and to illustrate them visually. At the same time, the pigments of the print materials, as well as the imprint can vary to a certain extent from the image on the monitor. Depending on your screen settings and the nature of the surface, color pigments might not be printed as exactly as the digital version depicted here. Because the art reproductions are printed and processed manually, there may also be slight differences in the size and exact position of the motif.

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