Fine Mishkin photograph of the noted American soprano seated, in formal dress. Signed in full and dated 1919 at lower margin, inscribed to Alice Wolff at right margin. Mary GARDEN.

Fine Mishkin photograph of the noted American soprano seated, in formal dress. Signed in full and dated 1919 at lower margin, inscribed to Alice Wolff at right margin.

7-15/16" x 5-3/8" (201 x 146 mm.). Mishkin copyright at lower left.

With remnants of adhesive to upper and lower edges of verso.

An American soprano of Scottish birth, "Garden was recognized as a supreme singing-actress, with uncommonly vivid powers of characterization (her dramatic style influenced by both Sarah Bernhardt and Coquelin Ainé) and a rare subtlety of colour and phrasing." In 1902, Claude Debussy chose her to sing Mélisande in the première of Pelléas et Mélisande. When in 1909 she sang the title role in a New York performance of Richard Strauss's Salome, "her lascivious kissing of the severed head of the Baptist outraged the guardians of morality even more than her Dance of the Seven Veils (which she executed chastely in a body-stocking)." Michael T.R.B. Turnbull in Grove Music Online.

Herman Mishkin (1870-1948) served as the Metropolitan Opera's official portraitist from 1908-1932, producing an important body of work documenting "The Golden Age of Opera." Item #31178

Price: $145.00  other currencies

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