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Caruso, Enrico , Italian operatic tenor (1873-1921)
Ink self-caricature, dated and signed by Enrico Caruso.
O, O, 1918. 70 : 112 mm. Small area of faint toning at upper right touching portrait, scattered remnants of prior mounting verso. Beautiful ink drawing, dated and signed by Caruso. It is a self-caricature, showing his head in profile. Signed at lower center. Caruso was a compulsive caricaturist who made spontaneous and witty sketches of colleagues and strangers wherever he went. His doodles often captured a candid likeness of the person, but they were never cruel. Although he was proud of his sketches, he turned down offers to draw professionally. However, he did regularly contribute to an Italian-American newspaper called La Follia di New York, from which a book of drawings was eventually produced. Nowadays his cartoons are extremely collectable. One firm even reproduced one of his self caricatures as a powder compact. Enrico Caruso who was born in Naples, Italy, became the most admired Italian operatic tenor of the early 20th century and one of the first musicians to document his voice on recordings. Caruso made over a million dollars in his lifetime but died tragically early, aged only 48, of pleurisy. Asked what made a great singer he said: ?a big chest, a big mouth, ninety per cent memory, ten per cent intelligence, lots of hard work and something in the heart'.
Bookseller: Kotte Autographs GmbH [Germany]
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