Fatha Hines

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Born Duquesne, Pennsylvania
Al Hirschfeld’s drawing of Earl “Fatha” Hines is a variant of the one published on the cover of Stereo Review in February 1980, when the jazz pianist was awarded the magazine’s annual Certificate of Merit for outstanding contributions to the quality of American musical life. Stanley Dance, credited with reviving Hines’s career in 1964, noted in his accompanying article that “for more than fifty years Hines has been famous for the independence of his two hands.” Jazz commentators marveled at Hines’s ability to establish a separate rhythm and melody with his left hand rather than just keeping the beat. On one occasion, while listening to a playback, Hines himself commented that “the left hand got away from the right.” Through the double-imaging of the hands and the long flexible fingers, Hirschfeld, a jazz aficionado himself, conveys independence, movement, and speed.
Al Hirschfeld, 21 Jun 1903 - 21 Jan 2003
Earl Kenneth Hines, 1905 - 22 Apr 1983
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Al Hirschfeld. Art reproduced by special arrangement with Hirschfeld's exclusive representative, the Margo Feiden Galleries, Ltd., New York.
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c. 1979
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Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar
Costume\Dress Accessory\Scarf
Earl Kenneth Hines: Male
Earl Kenneth Hines: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Earl Kenneth Hines: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Ink and watercolor on paper
Sheet: 37.5 x 53.2cm (14 3/4 x 20 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28") Horizontal
National Portrait Gallery