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Inscription

lower left: KLINE '40; lower right: SWISE; across top reverse, the artist's initials in monograph within a circle: BAR ROOM PAINTING / 1940 / FK

Provenance

Commissioned 1940 by the owner of the Bleeker Street Tavern, New York;[1] removed from the tavern by 1961;[2] (The Contemporaries, New York); purchased by Ian Woodner [1903-1990], New York; by inheritance to his daughter, Dian Woodner, New York; gift 2014 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1961
Franz Kline: Bar Room Paintings: 1940, The Collector's Gallery, New York, 1961, no. 1.
Bibliography
2005
Joselow, Evie T. "The Early Work of Franz Kline: The Bleeker Street Tavern Murals, 1940." PART 9 (Spring/Summer 2004; on-line Journal of the Graduate Center, CUNY, Ph.D. Program in Art History).