ca. 1925 · Paris
(Vertinsky, Alexandr). [Original photograph]. Paris: Jean Strelecki, (ca. 1925). With studio stamp on reverse. (7 5/8" x 9 5/8").
Known as the "Russian Pierrot," Alexander Vertinsky (1889-1957) was a Russian artist, poet, singer, and composer. Vertinsky developed a variety act employing the costume and Pierrot from the Commedia Dell'Arte. He would sing ariettas or "Pierrot's doleful ditties," which became immensely popular before the Revolution. (Inventory #: 1130)