Description: Considered to be one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) signed this solemn profile portrait of himself holding a violin in 1937 when he was twenty-one years old.
Menuhin began playing the violin at age four and performed publicly for the first time with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1923 when he was only seven. He studied with Sigmund Anker, Louis Persinger, and George Enescu and made numerous recordings. Menuhin also performed for World War II Allied soldiers, the surviving inmates of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and in 1947, was the first Jewish musician to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, since the Holocaust, as an act of reconciliation.
Photo is signed in the negative “Hrand Paris”, with two Hrand Paris ink stamps on verso. 8 7/8” x 6 ¾”. Item #A00774.
Condition: Several tiny specks of emulsion loss at edges and one above the signature, slight silvering at edges, otherwise in very good condition. A strong portrait with an uncommon signature as a young man.