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Chopin and His World$
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Jonathan D. Bellman and Halina Goldberg

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691177755

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691177755.001.0001

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The Hand of Chopin: Documents and Commentary

The Hand of Chopin: Documents and Commentary

(p.297) The Hand of Chopin: Documents and Commentary
Chopin and His World

Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger

, Virginia E. Whealton
Princeton University Press

This chapter presents reproductions of four studies of hands that have been attributed to Maurice Sand-Dudevant. If these drawings—or even a single one of them—indeed portray the hand of Chopin, at present they are the only ones known to have been made during the pianist's lifetime. Whatever the case, these drawings were done early in Maurice's artistic career, when he studied with Eugène Delacroix and copied many anatomical studies, especially those of hands. Finding them gathered in this way suggests that all the drawings were based on the same model, as seen through certain details—especially the shape of the fingernails, which are cut short.

Keywords:   Fryderyk Chopin, Maurice Sand-Dudevant, hand, anatomical studies, Eugène Delacroix

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