The Artist and his tools, 1947, woodcut

Music: Portraits

"Over seven decades Louis Kahan depicted the masters of classical music in pencil, pen, ink and wash. Capturing the energy and intensity of great instrumentalists, composers, conductors and singers, Kahan's drawings express the development of both his own artistic style and his subjects careers."

Narelle Symes, Curator, Art Collection, Victorian Arts Centre, 2005.


Joan Sutherland, 1965

Yehudi Menuhin, 1954/55

Daniel Barenboim, 1962

Sir Adrian Boult, 1955

Isaac Stern, 1962

Isaac Stern, 1971

Jacqueline du Pré, c.1970

Igor Stravinsky, 1961

Sir Bernard Heinz, 1951

Arthur Rubenstein, 1979

Hephzibah Menuhin, c.1952

Marian Anderson, not dated