Dancers: Isa Marsen (A.k.a. Isa Marsen als Bub - Isa Marsen as Boy) by Max Pollak

Dancers: Isa Marsen (A.k.a. Isa Marsen als Bub - Isa Marsen as Boy) by Max Pollak

Dancers: Isa Marsen (A.k.a. Isa Marsen als Bub - Isa Marsen as Boy)

Max Pollak

Title

Dancers: Isa Marsen (A.k.a. Isa Marsen als Bub - Isa Marsen as Boy)

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
1921 - '22 
Technique
drypoint with color aquatint 
Image Size
14 1/4 x 6 1/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated; presumed fewer than 30 impressions pulled by artist 
Annotations
pencil titled; red "FPC" Friedl Pollak Collection stamp in lower left sheet corner 
Reference
 
Paper
smooth cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist and Velhagen & Klasings Monatshefte, April 1922 
Inventory ID
23008 
Price
$500.00 
Description

While in Europe Pollak did many portraits; artists, intellectuals, musicians, family, ordinary citizens, and a series of large drypoints of many of the dancers of the time.

Little information can currently be found about the silent film actress and dancer Isa Marsen, who was active from at least the 1910s through 1921. This image, a fetching portrait of the dancer in somewhat androgynous attire, is found throughout the print world but the subject's life remains a bit of a mystery.

This image was reproduced in April of 1922 in the German monthly publication Velhagen & Klasing's Montashefte with the title "Die Schauspielerin Isa Marsen als Bub / Farbige Radierung von Max Pollak" - "The Actress Isa Marsen as a Boy / Colored Etching by Max Pollak".

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