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Portrait photograph of the singer Fritzi Massary - (Massary, Fritzi) Van Vechte - 1934. 
New York, 1934. Half-length frontal portrait. Gelatin silver print. 1 vols. 24.3 x 16.3 cm. (approximately 9-5/8 x 6-3/8 inches). Fine. Atelier stamp on verso, and docketed in pen, giving the name of the sitter ("Fritzi Massary, who sings 'Jede Frau hat irgendeine Sehnsucht', the date, and the print reference ("XXII G 12"). Half-length frontal portrait. Gelatin silver print. 1 vols. 24.3 x 16.3 cm. (approximately 9-5/8 x 6-3/8 inches). The Viennese-born singer and actress Fritzi Massary (1882-1969), was one of the icons the operetta and of silent films in the golden age of the twenties, and the most celebrated German-language singer of her day. In 1932, rising anti-Semitism drove her out of Germany to England, where she briefly pursued her career (Noel Coward wrote OPERETTE for her) and then to the United States, finally settling into the rich milieu of the German-speaking emigrÃ©s in Beverley Hills, where she died in 1969.Van Vechten's portrait of her at age 55, soon after her arrival in the States, beautifully frames the dignity and elegance of her features by her black cap, black hair, and black dress.This image, inscribed to Mauriber in 1944, is not in the Library of Congress collection (which has another from the same session). From the Estate of Saul Mauriber, Van Vechten's assistant, and the editor/compiler of PORTRAITS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF CARL VAN VECHTEN (1978); EXTRAVAGANT CROWD: Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women (Beinecke Library, Exhibition Catalogue, 2003)
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