Title: War's Whores and Tin Pan Alley
Medium: Original Gouache Painting on Fine art Paper
Size: 16" x 10 1/2"
Framed: 28 3/4" x 21
Signed: Signed by the Artist
Condition: Museum quality no flaws
Provenance: Directly from Allen Swift's wife and includes letter of provenance Framed: By our favorite family owned local faming company Callahan Framing
Also Included Framed Poster
Title: Whores, Wars, and Tin Pan Alley original poster
Size: 22" x 14"
Framed: 28 7/8" x 21 15/16"
Edition: Less than 500
Condition: Mint never displayed
Framed: By our favorite family owned local faming company Callahan Framing
With all major masters, the most collected originals are those with the strongest provenance and history. Paintings that made it into the print and edition side or where used in publications. The opportunities rarely present themselves. This is a very rare opportunity to own a significant piece of history.
Allen Swift (aka Ira Stadlen) was a collector and admirer of Leroy Neiman's work. Allen was the producer of Whores, Wars, and Tin Pan Alley. In 1969 Allen approached Neiman to provide him with the art that would be printed on his marketing posters.
In a statement from Allen "We ( my wife, Lenore Loveman and I) have felt that all three of LeRoy Neiman's sketches expressed perfectly the sensuality, irony, and decadence in Germany between two World Wars that Weill and Brecht so acutely captured in shows such as "The Threepenny Opera" and Mahagonny." "Whores, Wars & Tin Pan Alley" featured music from those shows.
About the Show Whores, Wars, & Tin Pan Alley, "An evening of songs by Kurt Weill, "Theater the Bitter End; transferred to the Sheridan Square Playhouse on July 3rd 1969. Opening Date was June 16th 1969. Cast Martha Schlamme and Alvin Epstein.
Provenance This piece came directly from Allen Swift's family. Neiman created three paintings to choose from for his marketing posters. He gave one of the paintings to his daughter who I personally dealt with on the sale. At the time I tried to buy the other two, however Allen was not willing to give them up. In bad health Allen wrote a letter of provenance dated March 11th 2010 to myself in the case his family would like to sell the rest of the works created for the marketing of the show. Sadly, Allen passed on April 18th 2010. Recently Allen's family reached out to me once again and decided it was time.