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Original 5.25” x 7.25” sepia Pierre Vauthey/Sygma Photography Agency press photograph of legendary film star Charlie Chaplin holding a rose at the burial of his late friend, legendary pianist Clara Haskil at Montparnasse Cemetery, December 10, 1960, with an original press release adhered to the verso.

 

The press release in French reads in translation:

 

STANDING, VERY SADLY BEFORE THE TOMB, HE HAD A RED ROSE IN HIS HAND: THE LAST TRIBUTE OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN TO CLARA HASKIL

 

A thrilling moment yesterday afternoon at the funeral of the famous pianist Clara Haskil at  Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris. A little man with white hair was standing right in front of the grave, looking very tired, holding a red rose in his hand ... one of those wonderful "best" roses that Clara Haskil always wore on her bodice in portraits...  It was Charlie Chaplin's last tribute to his dead best friend three days ago.

Clara Haskil was to spent Christmas with the Chaplin family in Vevey in Switzerland ... Charlie Chaplin came to Paris for a last goodbye …

 

Charlot had lost a friend …

10 December 1960.

 

(Charlot was a French nickname given to Chaplin)

 

Haskil, perhaps the greatest “Mozart Pianist” of the 20th Century moved to Vevey, Switzerland in Lake Geneva to escape the Nazi’s in 1942.  It was to be her last home, having been born and raised in Bucharest and then lived her life in both Vienna and Paris.  Today, the street where the home is located in Vevey is named rue Clara Haskil.  When Chaplin left Los Angeles in 1952 for the premiere of his film “Limelight” in London, he was persona non grata in the United States due to his political views and in fact he had received a telegram in London stating his re-entry into the United States had been revoked.  He cut ties with the United States and in 1953 purchased an estate in Vevey Switzerland.  In his autobiography, My Autobiography, Charles Chaplin, he describes his meeting Clara Haskil via a new friend, a local businessman and music enthusiast Emile Rossier.  Chaplin writes…...and whenever in town, Clara and both the Rossier families would come to dinner and afterwards Clara would play for us.  Although past 60, she was at the apogee of her career and having her greatest triumphs both in Europe and America.  But in 1960 she slipped off the step of a train in Belgium and was taken to the hospital, where she died.  Often I play her records, the last she made before her death.  Before I started the task of rewriting this manuscript for the sixth time, I put on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Clara at the piano and Markevitch conducting– which to me is as near an approximation of truth as any great work of art could be and which has been a source of encouragement for me to finish this book.  Four months after her death, on Swiss radio, Chaplin said,  "In my lifetime I have met three geniuses; Professor Einstein, Winston Churchill, and Clara Haskil. I am not a trained musician but I can only say that her touch was exquisite, her expression wonderful, and her technique extraordinary.

 

Haskil passed away on December 7, 1960 due to a fall on the staircase as Chaplin discussed while leaving the Brussels train station.  She hit her head, was taken to the hospital and passed away the same day, a month shy of her 66th birthday.  She was due to play concerts with the Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux with whom she often accompanied and recorded.

 

The photograph is quite well known, but rarely available as an original.  The Getty Archives will grant you a single use download license of the photograph in low resolution for $160, or higher resolution for $499.

 

The watermark is to protect the image, it is not on the actual original photograph you will receive.