Albertina Rasch - a.k.a. Ballett by Max Pollak

Albertina Rasch - a.k.a. Ballett by Max Pollak

Albertina Rasch - a.k.a. Ballett

Max Pollak

Title

Albertina Rasch - a.k.a. Ballett

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1925  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
19 3/8 x 18" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
pencil titled along bottom left sheet edge, beneath red Friedl Pollak collection stamp 
Reference
 
Paper
thin cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22810 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

American dance choregrapher and ballet dancer Albertina Rasch was born in Vienna in 1891. She studied at the Vienna State Opera Ballet, and then traveled to New York, where she became lead ballerina at the New York Hippodrome in 1911. She formed the Albertina Rasch Girls dance troupe and the Rasch Ballet, and became a leading Ziegfield performer. She soon transitioned to Broadway production, working on the choreography for major musicals such as "Jubilee", "The Three Musketeers", "Show Girl", and more

Her time on Broadway honed her multi-faceted expertise, and when the stock market crashed in 1929, she and her husband, composer Dimitri Tiomkin, moved to Hollywood to pursue careers within their respective fields in film. Rasch soon established herself as a leading supervisor for dance choregraphy, working with leading Hollywood performers Fred Astaire, Jack Benny, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, and more. She died in California in 1967.