Famed German composer (1833-1897) whose works in the classical spirit, written in the midst of the Romantic era, take a place among the most enduring music of the 19th century. Exceptional 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet portrait of Brahms in a bust-length profile pose, boldly signed in black ink, "Giovanni Brahms." Published by the Rudolf Krziwanek studios of Vienna. Includes an unsigned period 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait of Brahms, with his likeness notably blurred by silvering. In fine condition, with light overall mottled foxing. Consignor notes that the cabinet portrait derives from the collection of the Italian composer Leone Sinigaglia. In 1888 Sinigaglia began to travel, and after stays in several European cities he moved to Vienna in 1894, forming an association with Johannes Brahms from whom he developed a taste for so-called 'absolute music.'
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