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Emil Orlik: Wanda Landowska

Wanda Landowska
etching with aquatint and roulette, 1917
Plate/Image Size: 23.5 x 18 cm - (9¼ x 7 inches)
Sheet Size: 37 x 28 cm - (14½ x 11 inches)
signed in pencil 'Emil Orlik' titled on the plate

brilliant impression of this renowned and extremely scarce etching
on Van Gelder laid paper
in perfect condition

Wanda Landowska (1879 - 1959) was a Polish born but later a nationalized French citizen; she was largely responsible for making the harpsichord popular in playing baroque music, in particular that of J S Bach and Couperin; she taught in Paris and Berlin besides playing concerts elsewhere in Europe and North America; she became a collector of early keyboard instruments and wrote widely on them and the music they were made for; on the Nazi invasion of France she fled to the US where she died