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KAHAN, Louis

Louis Kahan : great music makers

$10.00 AUD

With an introduction by Michael Shmith. Melbourne : Macmillan Art Publishing, 2005. Narrow folio, blind lettered cloth with inset illustration, pp. 144, illustrated.

Completed over a 58-year period, The Great Music Makers series offers both an insight into the development of Kahan’s artistic practice and a visual record of some of the greatest music makers of our time. The drawings represent the culmination of a lifetime of astute observation, refined draughtsmanship and an appreciation of the transience of the musical performance. Whether through the subtle gesture of pencil on paper, or the more assured markings of pen or ink, each drawing brings to life a well-known Australian or international composer, conductor, musician or singer, captured by Kahan during a dress rehearsal, performance, or chance encounter. As Kahan’s artistic career developed, capturing life in motion became a recurrent theme. From designing fanciful costumes for film and stage, to documenting the veracities of life as a war artist and draughtsman reporter, Kahan developed an undeniable talent for capturing the essence of his subjects with speed and accuracy. The Great Music Makers series was generously donated to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Public Art Collection by the ANZ Bank in 1987.