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ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN - PIANIST

The legendary Polish-American pianist autographs and inscribes a du Bois of Toronto dark sepia 8Ē x 10Ē portrait, undated but likely 1942.† An uncommon image.

Rubinstein (1887-1982) was a latecomer to Toronto.† The Toronto of the Great Depression was often referred to as Hog Town due to the massive stock yards for hogs and the meat packing plants in town.† It was not necessarily known as an arts town, though famous artists had been coming through for years. Rubinstein came to America in 1939 with his family from Paris and settled first in New York City.† Rudolf Serkin had arrived in Toronto for a 1937 recital and had tested the halls prior to the concert and landed on Massey Hall for the acoustics.† Considered to be the Carnegie Hall of Canada, Rubinstein selected the hall based upon Serkinís recommendation for his 1939 recital.† This photograph is later, due to the graying at the pianistís temple.† However, based upon photographs of Rubinstein in 1941 and 1942, it stands to reason that this photograph was taken at Rubinsteinís net appearance in Toronto which was for his February 3, 1942 debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.† Rubinstein would have been there for several days for rehearsals of the Brahmsí 2nd piano concerto and therefore would have time for a photography session.

We have not seen this specific image previously.