"Polo Lounge" Signed Lithograph by Leroy Neiman, 1988
An offset lithograph by American artist LeRoy Neiman "1921-2012", titled "Polo Lounge", 1988. Neiman's signature is printed in the image with date: 88'. This print is also hand signed by Neiman just below Marylin Monroe. Framed size: 20" x 42". Image size: 10.5" x 32".
"I bring personal and sentimental baggage to this work," Neiman explains. "As a guest, I have felt at home in the bungalows of The Beverly Hills Hotel for many years. As a stargazer, I have always enjoyed the unique showcase that is the Polo Lounge. Stars here have left a special imprint on my memory, so there was something magical for me in creating this sampling of Hollywood's elite." And what a sampling it is! LeRoy Neiman has drawn together a remarkable group of personalities who have dominated the Hollywood scene from both in front and behind the cameras. Near Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable sits a sly W.C. Fields, and, yes, he is holding his menu upside down. Famed gossip columnist Hedda Hopper is perched within earshot of Bogie and Bacall, who seem to be keeping an eye on Katherine Hepburn and John Huston. Elizabeth Taylor, regal and bejeweled, enjoys a quiet cup of coffee. Frank and Barbara Sinatra are making their entrance, perhaps to join Frank's fellow "Rat Pack" buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., who have already arrived. Star-makers Darryl F. Zanuck and Howard Hughes are here, as are Johnny Carson and Joan Collins from the world of television. Film greats Gary Cooper, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo all help lend a magical air to this glittering assemblage. It is no wonder that LeRoy Neiman feels such special warmth toward this magnificent work. This work was reproduced as a foldout reproduction in Playboy magazine.
LeRoy Neiman (born Leroy Leslie Runquist, June 8, 1921 – June 20, 2012) is an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, semi-abstract paintings and screen prints of athletes and sporting events.
Born on June 8, 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was abandoned by his father at an early age, Neiman and his mother, Lydia, were forced to fend for themselves. Neiman distinguished himself by drawing.
In 1942 Neiman left high-school to enlist in the U.S. Army where he spent four years before returning to St. Paul to finish his high-school degree.
In addition to being an internationally renowned sports artist, Neiman has created many works from his experience on safari including a series of animal portraits that are some of his most sought-after pieces including "Portrait of the Lion," "Portrait of the Elephant," and "Portrait of the Tiger." Some of his other subjects include sailing, cuisine, golf, boxing, horses, celebrities and famous locations. He is one of the most successful contemporary illustrators.
Neiman studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (where he also later taught), the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois. LeRoy Neiman continues his painting as he enters his mid 80's.
Neiman, and his wife Janet live in New York City at the Hotel des Artistes, their home base for some 33 years. Made up of double-height rooms that over look Central Park, this exclusive New York City landmark was originally intended for painters. Norman Rockwell once lived here, yet celebrities such as Rudolph Valentino, Noel Coward and ex-mayor John Lindsay have also called it home. Neiman's painting studio, offices, and home are on one floor, his archives on another, and his penthouse at the top.
He became well known for creating images depicting "America at Play". He focused on this type of work during his tenure at Playboy Magazine, for which he still illustrates monthly. He is probably the most popular sports artist in the world, followed only by younger artists Stephan Holland and Richard T. Slone.
His studio is in New York City, where he works in oil, enamel, watercolor, pencil drawings, pastels, serigraphy and some lithographs and etching. In 2007, he was presented with the Sport Artist of the Year Award from the United States Sports Academy. Neiman is listed in Art Collector's Almanac, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World.
LeRoy Neiman's style explodes with the dramatic intensity of Abstract Expressionist brush strokes, strokes that pick out action that is strikingly accurate. This unique combination is so appealing that Neiman has brought art into the lives of more people than most post-war American artists put together. He has travelled and exhibited worldwide, from Moscow to Tokyo to Caracas. He has many published books, and has been honored with many awards for his art. He has been the official artist for ABC Television at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games and the CBS artist at the 1978 Superbowl. Neiman's subject matter is broad and universal and his work is exhibited in museums and galleries around the world as well as in private and corporate collections.
Featuring: Hedda Hopper, Lauren Bacall, LeRoy Neiman, Gregory Peck, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Collins, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Cesar Romero, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Sinatra, Barbara Davis, Marvin Davis, Gary Cooper, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Howard Hughes, Darryl F. Zanuck, Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Clarke Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, Liz Taylor, John Huston, Katherine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart.
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 20 in | WIDTH: 42 in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 10½ in | WIDTH: 32 in
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