There is consistent use of the diagonal line in the composition of this picture. The city street looses itself in the distance where the walls of the houses merge into a white mist. The paint is soft and transparent, reminiscent of water-colour.
The fleeting dance of children takes up the foreground and the natural movement of the street organ-player and a women standing a little beyond them. Clearness is achieved by controlled contrast of light and shade. The red cloth over the street-organ, the source of the music for the dance, produces an accent of its own, as if the artist wished to conjure up the music by various gradations of colour. Street Musician is an attractive genre scene and typical of the Düsseldorf School.