Lhévinne, Josef. (1874–1944)
Uncommon signed halftone photograph of the pianist dated "Jan. 1931," mounted to photo album paper. Show-through from mounting adhesive, most prominently to upper left, else fine. 7.75 x 6.75 inches (19.7 x 17.1 cm.).
The Russian-born Lhévinne was one of the greatest pianists of the Golden Age of piano, celebrated for his astounding technique, style and ease of playing. Married to pianist/teacher Rosina Lhévinne, the couple were famed teachers in New York City where they had their own music school and taught at Juilliard. In the words of Harold Schonberg: "His tone was like the morning stars singing together, his technique was flawless even if measured against the fingers of Hofmann and Rachmaninoff, and his musicianship was sensitive."