Portrait drawing "Franz Lehár (Drawn from Life)"
[Vienna]: [ca. 1920].
343 x 250 mm. Pen, ink, and black chalk on a light yellow background wash.
Signed by Dolbin just below the portrait.
"[Lehár] was the leading operetta composer of the 20th century, being primarily responsible for giving the genre renewed vitality. His most successful operetta, Die lustige Witwe, has established a lasting place in the opera as well as the operetta repertory and, along with Offenbach and Johann Strauss II, Lehár has remained one of the most popular composers of light music." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online.
Dolbin (pseud. Fred Pollack) was born in Vienna and studied there. Trained as an engineer, he subsequently studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg and became a member of the Viennese group "Die Bewegung." Beginning around 1917, he drew portraits of leading artistic personalities for Viennese newspapers and journals. Because of his Jewish origins, Dolbin's work was banned in Austria in 1935, at which time he emigrated to the United States.
Price: $900.00 other currencies