"PORTRAIT OF LEONARD SILLMAN"
OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED
40 X 36 INCHES
Leonard Sillman was an American Broadway producer. Born in Detroit, Michigan on May 9, 1908, he was the brother of June Carroll,
the brother-in-law of Sidney Carroll and the uncle of Steve Reich and Jonathan.
He is perhaps best known for his series of musical revues, Leonard Sillman's New Faces, which introduced many major stars to Broadway audiences.
Sidney Laufman was born in 1891 in Cleveland, Ohio. A Woodstock painter, Laufman studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and at The Art Students League under Robert Henri.
Laufman was a prolific painter and exhibited widely, winning the Logan Prize at the AIC twice and the first Altman prize at the National Gallery of Design. He exhibited at the Corcoran 10 times alone.
In the 1920’s and early thirties, Laufman and his wife lived in Paris, returning frequently to New York to arrange work in exhibitions. In Paris he was neighbors and friends with Henri Matisse and other artist leaders of modernist movements.
He lived in the winters in Sarasota, Florida from 1968 - 74 and moved there permanently from 1975 until his death in 1985.
His work is in the collections of the Art Students League, Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Art Institute, Museum of Modern Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and others.