Painting of the Marx Brothers by L. Felder

Description (Brief):

Framed oil painting of Chico, Harpo, and Groucho Marx by L. Felder. The Marx Brothers are depicted in their signature costumes seated, from the waist up, on a dark brown background. The canvas is mounted in a light-weight metal frame with gray electrical tape in the back at the corners. The artist's name and address are handwritten on back of canvas. The painting was owned and used by Groucho Marx in his Beverly Hills home from around 1974-1977.

Description (Brief)

Julius H. "Groucho" Marx (1890-1977) was an influential, popular, and versatile entertainer best known for his film appearances alongside brothers Arthur ("Harpo") and Leonard ("Chico") in the 1930s and 40s. The Marx Brothers, including lesser-known siblings Herbert ("Zeppo") and Milton ("Gummo") began their careers singing and cracking jokes on vaudeville stages across the country in the 1900s. By the 1920s, the Marx Brothers had become the most popular comedians on the Broadway stage, each with a characteristic costume and persona they combined to create antic and zany performances in a series of successful musical comedies. Groucho was known for his signature eyeglasses, greasepaint mustache and eyebrows, and irreverent wisecracks The brothers' films The Coconauts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, and A Night at the Opera among others, were critical and popular successes. In his later years Groucho was a popular solo radio, television, and film performer, helming the quiz series You Bet Your Life from 1947-1961.

Date Made: 1974

Depicted: Marx, GrouchoOriginator (Author Or Composer, Etc.): Felder, L.Depicted: Marx, ChicoMarx, HarpoMaker: Felder, L.

Location: Currently not on view

Location Where Used: United States: California, Beverly Hills

General Subject Association: Motion PicturesSubject: ComedyComedians


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Popular Entertainment


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Credit Line: Bequest of Julius H. Marx

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0588.29Accession Number: 1987.0588Catalog Number: 1987.0588.29

Object Name: painting

Physical Description: canvas (overall material)metal (overall material)paint, oil (overall material)tape, adhesive (overall material)Measurements: overall: 24 in x 36 in x 1 in; 60.96 cm x 91.44 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_682862

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