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ANDRES SEGOVIA - VIOLINIST

Autographed 7” x 9” specially printed Nickolas Muray photograph of the Spanish guitarist, Buenos Aires, 1934. 

He wrote his signature with such a strong hand it lightly bled to the verso.

Segovia made annual tours of South America and Buenos Aires was the music capitol of the continent.  The 1934 tour was important as the guitarist picked up his most favorite guitar to the time.  Segovia commissioned the Uruguayan, later Argentine luthier Rodolfo Camacho Viera (1887-1973) to make a special guitar for him.  He wrote in Camacho Viera’s log book in 1934 after picking up the guitar, “I consider the guitar which Sr. Camacho Viera has made for me, the best instrument of all which went through my hands.”

Segovia (1893-1987) was the most travelled classical guitarist in the World.  Largely self taught, his career began in Granada at the age of 16 in 1909.  He was in Madrid in 1912, The Paris Conservatoire in 1915, Barcelona in 1916 and made his first South American tour in 1919. He made his splashy Paris debut in 1924 which included a commission by Albert Roussel entitled “Segovia”.  He made his American debut in 1928 in Town Hall.  He toured the United States that year and his career was made.  He did not stop concertizing until his 93rd year in 1986!  At that time he was on his 3rd wife and had a 15 year old son!  Segovia is also remembered for his masterful arrangements of the classical repertory. In addition to Roussel, several other composers wrote works for him including; Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Moreno-Torroba, Ponce, Tansman and Villa-Lobos.  King Juan-Carlos even made the man a Marquis!

Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) was one of Americas’ best know photographic portraitists from 1920 until his death.  Born in Hungary, he came to the United States in 1913.  He was hired by Vanity Fair in 1926 to go to Europe to take photographs of celebrities. He was also an Olympic fencer, competing for the U.S. in the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.  He also won numerous National championships in both saber and epée. His fame today is best remembered through the photographs he took of President Eisenhower, Frida Kahlo and Babe Ruth.  This image of Segovia is well published, but rarely available autographed.  He produced these lighter weight versions for Segovia to autograph and give away as they were less heavy to carry on international trips and less expensive.  That said the printing on art parchment is of the highest quality and the pixilation is difficult to see even with a magnifying glass.