Details: This poster is of The Old Violin, by William Michael Harnett. It shows a violin and bow on top of a sheet of music. At the bottom is an envelope.
William Michael Harnett (August 10, 1848 - October 29, 1892) was an Irish-American painter who practiced a trompe l'oeil (literally, fool the eye ) style of realistic painting. His still lifes of ordinary objects, arranged on a ledge or hanging from a nail, are painted in such a way that the painting can be mistaken for the objects themselves. Becoming a United States citizen in 1868, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and at Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design in New York. Harnett painted musical instruments, hanging game, and tankards. Harnett's best-known paintings, the four versions of After The Hunt, were painted between 1883 - 1885. Each is an imposing composition of hunting equipment and dead game.
This poster is usually printed with a thin white edge border.