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Artist:
José María Mora, c. 1847 - 18 Oct 1926  Search this
Sitter:
Minnie Maddern Fiske, 19 Dec 1865 - 15 Feb 1932  Search this
Medium:
Albumen silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 13.8 × 9.8 cm (5 7/16 × 3 7/8")
Mount: 16.5 × 10.8 cm (6 1/2 × 4 1/4")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1880
Exhibition Label:
Born New Orleans, Louisiana
A leading actress at the turn of the twentieth century, Minnie Maddern Fiske was the only child of actor parents with their own theater company. She debuted on stage at age three as the Duke of York in Richard III and rose to prominence in 1882 when she toured in Fogg’s Ferry by Charles E. Callahan. A proponent of realism in acting, Fiske focused on the internal processes of characters, favoring subtlety over monologues and asides. She championed the work of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, starring in works such as A Doll’s House. With her second husband, Harrison Grey Fiske, owner of the New York Dramatic Mirror, she spoke vehemently against the Theatrical Syndicate. It employed tactics from the burgeoning industrial trusts to exert a tight monopoly over theater productions and venues around the country.
José María Mora was one of the foremost stage and society photographers of his time, and a member of New York City’s nineteenth-century Cuban elite.
Nacida en New Orleans, Louisiana
Minnie Maddern Fiske, actriz protagónica de principios del siglo XX, era hija única de una pareja de actores que tenían su propia compañía teatral. Debutó a la edad de tres años en el papel del duque de York en Ricardo III, y en 1882 se hizo famosa con la obra Fogg’s Ferry de Charles E. Callahan, que la llevó a diversos lugares. Partidaria de un estilo realista de actuación, Fiske analizaba los procesos interiores de sus personajes y favorecía la sutileza de gestos en lugar de monólogos y apartes. Promovió la obra del dramaturgo noruego Henrik Ibsen y protagonizó dramas suyos como Casa de muñecas. Junto a su segundo marido, Harrison Grey Fiske, dueño del New York Dramatic Mirror, criticó fuertemente al Sindicato Teatral por emplear las mismas tácticas de los consorcios industriales para ejercer un rígido monopolio sobre las producciones y los teatros del país.
José María Mora fue uno de los principales fotógrafos de eventos teatrales y sociales en su época, y miembro de la élite cubana del siglo XIX en New York.
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Minnie Maddern Fiske: Female  Search this
Minnie Maddern Fiske: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Stage actor  Search this
Minnie Maddern Fiske: Performing Arts\Theater manager  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.80.199
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm44b0c117f-2f6d-49bd-b39f-2c9dc4b69041
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.80.199