Original Signed Halsman Photograph as Don Giovanni
by [Pinza, Ezio. (1892-1957)] Halsman, Philippe. (1906-1979)
Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Superlative original 1940's doubleweight photograph of the great Italian Basso in his most celebrated role, inscribed and signed in white ink:Â "To Jean with happy remembrances of our stay together in the South Pacific and warmest wishes for Your happiness and future Ezio." Photographed by the American portrait photographer Philippe Halsman, with photo credit printed in white on bottom right and stamped on the back. 8 x 10 inches.Pinza, famed for his charm and sex appeal as well as his rich bass voice, first appeared as Don Giovanni in 1929. He would become particularly associated with the role after Bruno Walter engaged him to sing it in Salzburg in 1934. Walter was convinced that Pinza would be right for the part when he remembered the effect the singer had had on the Walters' cook when he visited the family in New York: after answering the door, she ran back to Elsa Walter and whispered, "Ma'am, there's such a beautiful man outside." After the war years, Pinza became a major celebrity in the USA as the first Emil de Becque in Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, winning hearts across the country with the hit "Some Enchanted Evening."Born in Riga to a Jewish family, Philippe Halsman began his career as a photographer in France in the 1930's, and gained a reputation asÂ one of the best portrait photographers in France. He escaped France for the U.S. after the German invasion with help from Albert Einstein. After working as a fashion photographer and collaborating with artists including Salvador Dali, he became best known for his portraits of figures such as Einstein, JFK,Â Alfred Hitchcock, Judy Garland, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, and Pablo Picasso, many of which appeared on the cover of LifeÂ magazine. (Inventory #: 14215)
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