Original Photographic Portrait of Marian Anderson [Inscribed]. AFRICAN AMERICANS, Lotte MEITNER-GRAF, photographer, MUSIC.

Original Photographic Portrait of Marian Anderson [Inscribed]

[Vienna: Lotte Meitner-Graf, 1935]. Handsome photographic portrait of the renowned African-American contralto, taken by Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf (1899-1973) in Vienna in 1935. With performance opportunities in Nazi Germany denied to her, Anderson toured Austria during the summer of 1935, singing twice at the Salzburg Festival, and also at the Festwochen in Wien. She performed with the famed German-Jewish composer and musician Bruno Walter that summer, who left Germany in 1933 to escape the Third Reich. Walter was the recipient of death threats in Vienna, soliciting the protection of Viennese police. "The true irritant was the announcement that, for Walter's second concert, with the Vienna Symphony, the Negro contralto Marian Anderson was to be the soloist in the Brahms Alto Rhapsody. To Nazi sympathizers, the choice of Anderson was an act of defiance of Nazi cultural policy by a Jewish musician" (Keller, Allan. Marian Anderson: A Singer's Journey, p.172). Original photograph, measuring 20.25cmx x 25.5cm (8" x 10"); inscribed in ink: "To Mr. Harry L. Aiken / Sincerely / Marian Anderson." Mild handling and some trivial surface wear, with "MARIAN ANDERSON" nealy rubber-stamped on verso; a well-preserved example.

Price: $850.00

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