Leonor Fini and her parents in Argentina, 1907
Leonor Fini at six years old, Trieste, Italy, c. 1913
Today at Tigerloaf we wish a very happy birthday to Ida Haendel, born on this day in 1928 (or perhaps 1923!) in Chelm, Poland. Along with her contemporary Ivry Gitlis, a fellow student of Georges Enescu, she is one of the last living representatives of the great school of violin that flourished before the Second World War. As a child she competed honourably against older masters of the calibre of David Oistrakh and Ginette Niveu. This photo is from The Strad, which published its first feature on Ms. Haendel in 1937! I had the honour some years ago of meeting the charming lady and of hearing her play Bach’s Chaconne in the noble manner of another epoch. We hear that she is not in good health and hope that she is able to enjoy the day.
Ida Mabel Blair holds her newborn son Eric
Motihari, British India, 1903
Gordon Matta-Clark with Jeffrey Lew
A beautiful and iconic image of seventeen year old Vladimir Mayakovsky, whose sultry charms remind me of Gram Parsons.
Young Samy Rosenstock aka Tristan Tzara, with his father and grandfather circa 1912