Photograph of the Szentpál Dance Group. Erzsébet Leichtner, Olga Szentpál.
Modern Dance Photography

Photograph of the Szentpál Dance Group.

(Budapest): ca. 1930. Original, vintage, black and white photograph. With the photographer’s vignette at lower right corner. 228 × 168 mm. In fine condition.

A scene from a dance play of the Szentpál Dance Group, played by three young girls.

Erzsébet Leichtner was a Hungarian woman photographer, mostly known for her dance photographs and the documentation of the Szentpál Dance Group’s performances. Her master in photography was the Angel (Pál Funk, 1894–1974) the Italian-born, Hungarian photographer who was the collaborator of the book published about the Szentpál Dance Group (Tánc. A Mozgásművészet könyve; 1928).

Olga Szentpál (1895–1968) was a Hungarian pioneer of modern dance, choreographer, teacher and theoretician of dance. After her studies at the Hungarian Academy of Music she gained her diploma at Émile Jacque-Dalcroze’s (the founder of eurhythmics) school in Hellerau. She became involved into the modernist art scene through her husband Márius Rabinovszky (1895–1953; Hungarian art historian, art critic), and into modernist theatre as a teacher of Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest. She opened her own school in 1919 and established the Szentpál Dance Group in 1926.


Price: €600.00

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