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NEAR MINT CONDITION

Side profile, 5” x 7” Louis Held of Weimar original cabinet photograph of the Maestro sans dentures, 1885.  A similar image to Paul Nadar’s, though not as well known.

Liszt (1811-1886) is seen in this intimate portrait sans dentures and warts and all.  Once considered one of the handsomest men in Europe, after he became an Abbé in 1865, he  cared less about his appearance.  That said, he never ever shied away from the camera, particularly as he realized his images were excellent publicity. Alan Walker in his 3rd volume of his Liszt series, Franz Liszt The Final Years 1861-1886, quotes from Carl Lachmund’s biography of his teacher,  He once asked Liszt whether he should remove them from the photographic negative.  Liszt instructed him to leave them in. A similar series of images, including a side profile was taken by Paul Nadar on Liszt’s final trip to Paris in 1886, the only essential difference is Nadar’s image showed his sideburns.

Louis Held (1851-1927) had tried photography in Liegnitz, then Berlin and in 1882 he moved to Weimar.  He befriended Liszt shortly thereafter and became his “official” Weimar photographer.  Other photographers took photographs of Liszt outside of Weimar, however, Held took many of the most important photographs of Liszt at the end of his life.  Held was held in such high esteem by Liszt that he recommended him to Grand Duke Karl Alexander and he was appointed court photographer.  Held also accompanied Liszt to the Allgemeiner Duetches Tönkunstlerverein taking the famous giant photograph of all those present including Liszt and many of his pupils.  In the 1890’s Held travelled Europe taking pictures for various newspapers and magazines, becoming an early pioneer in photojournalism.

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