This is the other sketch for the Robert Schumann record. Schumann was originally slated to be a lawyer and studied law for a long time before committing to music. One of his teachers was Friedrich Wieck who was also the father of Clara Wieck. Clara was among the finest piano players in Europe at the time. She also made a lot of money, this might have been a part of the reason for Friedrich to refuse Roberts proposal to marry her.
This sketch is for one of my illustrations for a record by Johan Enander. The record is due this fall and he will be playing music by Robert Schumann.
It is a very nice project, Schumanns history is ripe with inspiration and tragedy but also hope. This picture portrays Schumann comparing his hand to a pair of scissors. He had the idea that if his fingers could spread wider, he would be a better piano player…
The story goes that he cut them up on his own, but it is more likely that he convinced a surgeon to try. Either way he could no longer play and was reduced to compose only. He suffered from insanity on and off his whole life.
Check out Johan Enander at http://enanderpianist.se/
A small still life on board.
Study for a longpose, the photo seems really blurry though.
A monkey skull!
One of my friends brought this to school, it was really cool, I think he said it was from some kind of medical experiment, the skull was cut open.