Single-channel video with sound, color, duration: 14.20 min, Internet Archive Thumbnail: Promotional material of The Sorcerer's Apprentice and letter written by Lisl Weil. 10 1/2x8 1/2 inches. image Swann Auction Galleries.
Lisl Weil (1901-2006) was a Viennese-born author and illustrator of children's books. While living in Europe, she worked as an illustrator for many European periodicals. After immigrating to the United States in 1939, Weil began writing and illustrating children's books. This video represents the artist who often performed in New York with her friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, while drawing abstract characters on an enormous blank canvas. Her performance is accompanied by Sherman’s musical adaptation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'Apprenti sorcier), a symphonic poem premiered in 1897 by French composer Paul Dukas.