Vladimir de Pachmann


Facial portrait of Vladimir de Pachmann. He is dressed in suit jacket and tie. His expression is serious, one might even say dour, but according to Wikipedia, he was famous for gestures, muttering, and addressing the audience during his performance. The 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica characterized it as the "playfulness of his platform manner". Some of his contemporaries were less flattering in their descriptions. According to the Wikipedia article, James Huneker (American art, book, music and theater critic) called him the "Chopinzee",and George Bernard Shaw reported that he "gave his well-known pantomimic performance, with accompaniments by Chopin." The photograph is inscribed to Lois Steers.

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