Au piano (1927). Marcel Gromaire (French, 1892-1971). Oil on canvas. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Gromaire worked in a Paris studio, his subject matter of rich dark ochers and browns in his paintings in an ordered wealth of textural sensation when transferring the reality of his studio and its light and contents, onto his canvases. Gromaire used his studio as a standard, a filter; it was more than just a place to paint.