Profile Portrait of Maria Jeritza (1887-1982)
Graphite on paper
Overall: 6 3/8 x 4 7/16 in. ( 16.2 x 11.3 cm )
signature and date: lower left: "Wm H. Walker / Feb 5/29" inscription and date: lower right: "Maria Jeritza / 1929"
Signed and inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Wm H.Walker / Feb 5/29"; signed by sitter at lower right: "Maria Jeritza / 1929"
An operatic soprano and reigning diva of the 1920s, the subject was a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York between 1921 and 1932. Critics called her "the Duse of Opera." Born in Moravia, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1943.
Gift of the Family of William Henry Walker
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.