Brice bought his first work of art, a gouache by Pablo Picasso entitled Child in Drawers, 1906, with his savings when he was thirteen-years-old.


Following her divorce from Rose, Fanny moved with Brice and his sister to Beverly Hills and began her radio career. Fanny again collected an engaging circle of friends, professionals in radio and film, many of whom were building art collections that included new, modern pieces.

Brice enrolled in Cumnock School for Expression, an experimental, arts-focused junior college in Los Angeles. It was there where he met and dated Shirley Bardeen, whom he later married.

Brice returned to New York City and lived with Henry Botkin and his family while he attended Art Students League. An atelier school with a modern emphasis, Brice developed his

top: Pablo Picasso, Child in Drawers (Enfant au Caleçon), 1906, gouache on paper,
24 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. 
Courtesy Estate of William Brice
middle left: William and Fanny look at a painting by Henry Botkin
middle right: Anya Arlen, Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Fanny, and William with one of his paintings.
bottom: Postcard depicting Fanny Brice’s estate

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