Paintings and other original art works in the collections of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, [1928]-[ongoing].


Detwiler, Russell. Paintings and other original art works in the collections of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, [1928]-[ongoing].

Paintings and other original art works in the collections of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, [1928]-[ongoing].

About 70 paintings (framed and unframed), and about 20 drawings, silhouettes, and lithographs. Most of the art pays homage to Weill or Lenya in one way or another. Most of the paintings were created by Lenya's third husband, Russell Detwiler. Items of importance among the other works: a watercolor by Caspar Neher of Ira, one of his original designs for the premiere of Die sieben Todsünden (Paris, 1933); silhouettes by Lotte Reininger depicting the premiere of Die Dreigroschenoper (Berlin, 1928), and Wolfgang Roth's set designs for the premiere of Down in the valley (Bloomington, Ind., 1948).

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Roth, Wolfgang Michael (person)

Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. Weill-Lenya Research Center. (corporateBody)

Weill, Kurt (person)

As a result of the success of his Broadway musical Lady in the dark in 1941, German-born composer Kurt Weill and his wife, the singing actress Lotte Lenya, were able to buy "Brook House," in Rockland County, New York, moving there during their sixth year in the United States. From Brook House, and a couple of addresses in Los Angeles during his trips there, Weill kept in touch, until a month before his death, with his parents, who had emigrated to Israel in 1935. From the description...

Reiniger, Lotte, 1899-1981 (person)

Epithet: film animator British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001124.0x000120 German artist Lotte Reiniger designed cutout silhouettes, and directed silhouette and animation films, as well as shadow theatre. Born in Berlin in 1899, she was active in Germany until the 1930s when she and her husband Carl Koch spent extended periods in other European countries. In 1949, they emigrated to England, where she d...

Lenya, Lotte (person)

Born in Austria, Lenya became an actress in Zürich, then moved to Berlin where she met and married Kurt Weill. They emigrated to the U.S. in 1935, where Lenya lived until her death a few months after this interview was recorded. From the description of An oral history interview with Lotte Lenya / conducted for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music by Alan Rich, New City, N.Y., 1981 : recording and transcript. (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &amp; Garrison). WorldCat record id: 12258368...

Neher, Caspar (person)

Caspar Neher, who became one of the leading stage designers in Europe from the 1920's until his death in 1962 and was in his youth a schoolmate and friend of Bertolt Brecht, began his career by collaborating with the young author, and later collaborated repeatedly with Brecht and Weill--with both together and each separately. Among the stage designs for which he achieved renown are those for Die Dreigroschenoper, in which he worked together with both of them--and in whic...

Detwiler, Russell. (person)

Russell Detwiler (1925-1969) grew up in Pennsylvania. After serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, he pursued an education at Temple University and the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, among other schools. He became a painter and had several one-man shows and other exhibitions throughout the late 1950's and 1960's. In 1962 he married Lotte Lenya. His friends and clients included Vera Stravinsky, Jennie Tourel, Dr. David Protetch, Marianne Josephson, and Emanuel Marks. From th...