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    RAPHAEL KIRCHNER (American 1867 - 1917)
    Fanny Brice: Ziegfeld Follies Century Girl, 1916
    Pastel and graphite and opaque paint on paper
    24 x 18 in.
    Signed lower right
    Raphael Kirchner was born in Vienna, Austria and along with Alphonse Mucha, was one of the most renowned Art Nouveau postcard artists of the Vienna Secessionist movement. The visionary artist later moved to France and worked as the cover artist for the wildly popular La Vie Parisienne. His radically risque portraits of sexually emancipated women were dubbed "Kirchner Girls."

    Kirchner moved to New York City in 1915, and was introduced to Florence Ziegfeld by Viennese architect Josef Urban, the man responsible for the ornate Follies sets and design. Ziegfeld, always an innovator, hired Kirchner as a staff artist.

    This pastel is a newly unearthed piece of New York City theatre history, a once-in-a generation find. Originally part of a suite of five illustrations which featured the erotic and luminous showgirls who starred in the legendary theatre revue Ziegfeld Follies, this portrait of Fanny Brice hung in the lobby of the historic Century Theatre until that famed show palace shut its doors in 1936.

    Few examples of Kirchner's work for Ziegfeld have come to market, and a find of this magnitude has never before been offered at auction. In historical significance, provenance, and quality the wonderful piece is unsurpassed.

    The plaque on the period frame for this piece reads "A Ziegfeld Girl from life by Raphael Kirchner."


    Condition Report*: This piece has been matted and framed to an overall size of 27.5 x 21.5 in., and the art is in Excellent condition.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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