Prof. Emil v. Sauer by Max Pollak

Prof. Emil v. Sauer by Max Pollak

Prof. Emil v. Sauer

Max Pollak

Title

Prof. Emil v. Sauer

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1920  
Technique
etching, drypoint and sandpaper aquatint 
Image Size
14 3/4 x 13 3/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated, presumed small 
Annotations
titled in pencil; "Made in Austria" stamped on verso 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove vellum 
State
proof 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23257 
Price
$800.00 
Description

A portrait of Emil von Sauer (1862-1942), German virtuoso pianist from Hamburg whose principle teacher was Nikolai Rubenstein at the Moscow Conservatory. However, he is primarily associated with Franz Liszt, under whom he studied in 1884 and to whom he is considered the heir of his style. Von Sauer was the only student of Franz Liszt to ever record.

Von Sauer performed as a pianist until 1936 and from 1901-07 and 1915 on he taught at the Vienna Academy. He was the first German to be given the French "Legion of Honor" and was knighted in Austria and allowed to add the "von" in front of his surname. His recording was done in the last 20 years of his life. He died in Vienna, Austria, in April of 1942, two years after his last public performance.

Famed music critic and concert pianist Martin Krause called von Sauer the "legitimate heir to Liszt," with "more of his charm and geniality than any other Liszt pupil."

 
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