Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971)
Original doubleweight Lipnitzky of Paris photograph of the important composer, signed and inscribed on an affixed paper to the French pianist Céliny Chailley-Richez and dated Paris, December 1929. Stravinsky is shown in a serious pose at the piano and has signed and inscribed in "all artistic sympathy" on a strip of paper mounted at the head of the photograph. Light toning; one area of damage with a small tear at the right edge; otherwise in fine condition. 10.25 x 7.5 inches (26.2 x 18.6 cm).
Born to a musical family in 1894, pianist and teacher Céliny Chailley-Richez was a star student at the Conservatoire de Paris before marrying violinist Marcel Chailley in 1908. Together, the couple led summer music courses at their home in Seignelay, where students included Ivry Gitlis, Lola Bobesco and Denise Soriano. Chailley-Richez had a long friendship and musical partnership with Georges Enescu, and was associated with many important French musicians of the era. She died in 1973.