“The King of the Violin,” Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), signed above his halftone portrait with bold, black flourishes (also "signed" in the negative). The image shows the talented Belgian composer seated with a violin propped on his knee and wearing a sober expression as he gazes at the camera.
Ysaÿe began learning the violin from his father at age five, entering the Royal Conservatory of Liège only two years later. When he was twelve, he was overheard practicing by the noted Henri Vieuxtemps, who took an interest in Ysaÿe and became one of his teachers. He was the principal violinist of then Berlin Philharmonic, an orchestra frequented by such musicians as Joseph Joachim, Franz Liszt, Clara Schumann, and Anton Rubenstein. Aside from his career as a successful concert violinist, Ysaÿe was also a professor at the Brussels Conservatoire, a position he held until almost the end of his life. Several prominent composers, such as Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, César Franck, and Ernest Chausson dedicated major works to Ysaÿe.
8 7/8” x 6 ¼”. Item #A00744.
Condition: A few light creases, otherwise in very good condition with large, bold signature.