Because it’s been a little while since the last Four Views post, we thought it was time to do another. While “music” may seem a difficult thing to represent, our collections are so full of images related to the subject that it was difficult to only choose four. A few favorites are below.
Illustration by Robert Andrew Parker. Parker also wrote and illustrated the book Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum, a children’s book about the eponymous jazz musician. Both the book and the original artwork for it are in the collection.
Illustration by Cliff Condak, quite possibly for an album cover. During the 1960s and 1970s, Condak illustrated many album covers for people like George Gershwin, Glenn Gould, and Billie Holiday; original artwork and reproductions are available in the collection.
Jack Unruh’s illustration of Lyle Lovett. More illustrations of musicians and other well-known figures can be found in the Jack Unruh Collection.
An illustration for a January 1945 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal by Al Parker. (You can see the photograph on which this illustration is based in the digital exhibit Double Exposure.) Parker was a lifelong music lover, and after high school played drums with a jazz band on his grandfather’s riverboat.