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    Tina Modotti (Italian, 1896-1942)
    Portrait of Keith Coppage (three photographs), 1928
    Gelatin silver
    9-1/2 x 7-1/4 inches (24.1 x 18.4 cm) (largest)
    Each signed lower right recto.

    Keith Coppage's acquaintance with Tina Modotti may have come from their association with Ione Robinson who moved to Mexico City while Modotti was working with Diego Rivera on murals of the National Palace.

    In an article published in the San Antonio Express on November 5, 1933: "Mexico City. Keith Coppage, University of Texas graduate and a native Texan, has achieved distinction as a professional dancer in Mexico, and as a student of the dance. Her last public recital in Mexico City, given in September, was widely applauded by critics as well as the large audience which filled the Hidalgo Theater here. The dancer (who in private life is Mrs. Eyler Simpson) is now in the United States perfecting her technique and taking advanced courses in her art. Her husband, Eyler Simpson, is a well known economist and sociologist, also a graduate of the University of Texas, and representative in Mexico of the Guggenheim Foundation and the Committee on Cultural Relations with Latin America. Mrs. Simpson began her career with the Chicago Civic Opera Company as a soloist and later danced in the Carroll Ballet here. She toured Mexico [and South America] with the Pavley Oukrainsky ballet seven years ago. Keith Coppage is of the modernistic dance school which seeks pure emotion of line, divorced from academic conventionalisms."

    The photograph of Keith Coppage standing holding her veil was published in "La Nacional," Mexico City in 1933 with a caption that loosely translated indicates Keith Coppage, a modern dancer just recently made a successful tour of her work in the United States. The Mexican poems and music of maestro Gomezanda have been masterfully interpreted and her triumph, both personal and professional, have served to highlight the music's beauty.

    More information about Tina Modotti, also known as Modotti, Tina, Modotti, Assunta Luigia, Tina Modotti, Assunta Adelaide Luigia.

    Condition Report*: The other two photographs measure 9 x 7-1/2 inches and 9-1/2 x 6 inches; each is unmounted; not framed; tiny scattered abrasions to the lower half one print, with a notable small bend to the lower right corner, and a few tiny edge chips; one print has a few surface scuffs visible under raking light, as well as small creases and cracking to the lower right and upper left corners; each print has some retouching done, mostly done in the negative; overall these prints are in good condition.  One print has been treated due to being attached to another photograph previously (please contact the Fine Art Department for more information regarding the condition report for this photograph's treatment).
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    Auction Dates
    October, 2016
    27th Thursday
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