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Price: $600.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

Original 10” x 13.75” (mat) Trude Fleischmann photograph of The Maestro, autographed by the famed photographer Trude Fleischmann, February, 1946.  The photograph is contained within the photographers mount, not on top of the mount.

 

Fleischmann (1895-1990) came from a wealthy Austrian Jewish family and received her first camera at the age of nine.  And after a semester of study at the Sorbonne in Paris came back to Vienna determined to become a photographer.  She enrolled at the Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Photographie und Reproduktionsverfahren which accepted female students graduating in 1916.  She spent a short time with Dora Kallmus at her famed celebrity portrait Studio D’Ora which became well known for their photographs of famous opera, stage and musical personalities in Vienna.  She also studied with the famous Royalty portraitist photographer Hermann Schieberth and for a time worked as his assistant where she often took photographs which were blind stamped from his studio.

 

Fleischmann opened her own atelier in 1922 with family backing which competed with D’Ora.  Fleischmann’s photographic portraits were generally of the same clientele as Frau Kallman was shooting in the Music and Theatrical world.  Fleischmann’s artistic technique was better and she quickly became a go to celebrity photographer to the wealthy, as well as the arts, literature, science/medicine and politics in Vienna.  She was also a freelance photographer for some of the fashionable magazines in Vienna and Germany.  The atelier became a social scene.  Her nudes of ballet dancers were admired in her day, brought controversy and fame to her in her lifetime and are well collected today.  At the time of the Anschlus in 1938, Fleischmann destroyed her negatives and fled Vienna, first to Paris and then in 1939 to England and onto the United States in 1940 where she set up her new atelier with fellow Viennese emigree Frank Elmer at 127 West 56th Street near Carnegie Hall.  She became well known for her photographs of leading accomplished emigree like; Arturo Toscanini, Albert Einstein, Oskar and Olda Kokoschka, Franz and Phyllis Bergel, Stefan Zweig, and even Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

Fleischmann first photographed Arturo Toscanini in Salzburg between 1935 and 1937 at the Summer Festival.  Based upon a number of photographs from this series, Toscanini invited Fleischmann to Wave Hill to photograph he and his family in February, 1946.  The timing of this session has always been a subject of speculation and has been credited by leading auction houses as late as 1955.  There are photographs which have been sold at auction from this sitting with Toscanini and his daughter Wally, his grandson Walfredo and granddaughter Sonia.  The image we offer, we have not found in books, nor on-line.

 

 

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