Dancers: Gipsy Rhouma-Je (Gypsy Rhoumaje) by Max Pollak

Dancers: Gipsy Rhouma-Je (Gypsy Rhoumaje) by Max Pollak

Dancers: Gipsy Rhouma-Je (Gypsy Rhoumaje)

Max Pollak

Title

Dancers: Gipsy Rhouma-Je (Gypsy Rhoumaje)

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
1925  
Technique
color aquatint with etching 
Image Size
17 1/4 x 13 3/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
2 of 150  
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned; red Friedl Pollak Collection stamp in lower left sheet corner; blue stamed "Made in Austria" on verso. 
Reference
Triton Art Gallery exhibition catalog, cat. no. 42 
Paper
ivory laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22575 
Price
$450.00 
Description

Dorothy "Gypsy Rhoumaje" Shaw (American: 07/11/1908 - ?) was a well-known dancer and actress from the Art Deco era. She pursued a career in the performing arts from an early age, working as a young teen in the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles before being discovered by an agent. She soon stablished herself as a sought-after comedic actress and a dancer in both the U.S. and abroad. She was best known for her self-styled dancing, choreographing numbers that borrowed from Hungarian, Burmese, and Latin American styles.

At age 17 she was discovered by a European agent who secured a stint for her in the Picadilly Revels cabaret in London. Not long after, she secured a job as a dancer in Paris, where her star rose as a popular performer in line with Nina Payne and Frances White. From Paris her career took off, and she traveled throughout France, Italy, England, and Eastern Europe, as well as New York and other American metropolises, working as a dancer and actress on both the stage and in silent films. Unfortunately, her whereabouts after 1939 remain unknown.

 
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