Dancers: Napierska (II) by Max Pollak

Dancers: Napierska (II) by Max Pollak

Dancers: Napierska (II)

Max Pollak

Title

Dancers: Napierska (II)

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1920  
Technique
drypoint with color aquatint, printed a la poupeé 
Image Size
23 1/16 x 14 15/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
numbered 30/150; "printed a. 15" annotated along lower sheet edge 
Annotations
pencil titled in lower left sheet corner; number editioned as 30/150 in lower left, but annotated "printed a. 15" (about 15) along lower sehet edge; red "FPC" Friedl Pollak Collection stamp in lower left sheet corner 
Reference
 
Paper
ivory simile-vellum wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23440 
Price
$375.00 
Description

While in Vienna Max Pollak became involved in the avant-garde dance scene. He did a series of intaglio portraits of dancers, usually costumed and posed, from one of their noted performances. He is sometimes credited with being "the first etcher to turn his attention to the dance as a subject."

Silent film actress and dancer Violetta (a.k.a. Violette) Napierska was born around the turn of the 20th century in Germany. Much of her relatively short career was spent in Berlin working on silent films with Lee Parry, Richard Eichberg, and Bela Lugosi, from the years 1919 to 1926. She then moved to France to film Rene La Somptier's "The Small Parisian" with George Biscot; following this, she retired from the silent film industry.

With the advent of sound in film, Napierski made a handful of support character appearances in "talkies" in the 1930s, and later in the Italian film "La Vena d'Oro" (1955), her last known professional act which is also apparently the last record of her whereabouts. Her death date remains unknown.

She had a brief affair with Lugosi, at which time he penned a poem as their affair came to a close (perhaps due to her relocation): "My Darling Violetta, Slumber envelops your beautiful face / And a dream grips your soul in embrace; I will guard you. You are my dream every night, every day / And regardless of where you might stay, I will seek you. Then, when you want to forget all the world / And fly to my arms like a bird, I will love you. Signed, Bela". The Los Angeles-based band Darling Violetta takes their name from this poem.

 

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