Nude by LeRoy Neiman

  • This tantalizing nude was composed by the famed American painter LeRoy Neiman
  • The racy, violet-infused composition is characteristic of the nudes he painted for Playboy
  • The artist's distinctive style and expressive brushwork are on full display
  • Renowned for his scenes of spectacle, Neiman is among America's most popular 20th century artists
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Item No. 30-8681

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LeRoy Neiman
1921-2012 | American

Nude

Signed and dated "LeRoy Neiman '85" (lower left)
Oil on board

This exceptional oil was composed by one of America's most popular artists, LeRoy Neiman. Neiman has long been celebrated for his exhilarating paintings and illustrations of athletes and celebrities in vibrantly hued settings. He also composed electrifying nudes for Playboy magazine - this racy, violet-infused illustration is characteristic of the works he composed for the popular publication. Half shrouded in shadow, the raven-haired beauty gazes out at the viewer unabashedly in a pose that is both sensual and tantalizing. It was his images for Playboy that first made Neiman famous - ultimately, he would contribute to the magazine for over 50 years.

Born in Minnesota in 1921, LeRoy Neiman long considered himself an illustrator; his first job as a teenager was, in fact, illustrating signs for a local grocery store. After serving briefly in the military in Germany, he returned to the Midwest to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he eventually became a teacher of illustration. It was in the early 1950s that he would meet a man who changed the trajectory of his career - Hugh Hefner. Shortly after he published his first five issues of Playboy magazine, Hefner invited Neiman to contribute an illustration to the publication, beginning a relationship that would endure for more than half a century.

His success with Playboy allowed him to branch out as an artist in his own right, and he soon became the de facto artist of the world's most famous sports stars and entertainers. His subjects included the likes of Mickey Mantle, Muhammad Ali, Sylvester Stallone and quarterback Joe Namath, as well as Olympiads and major sports teams from around the country. Heralded today as the Norman Rockwell of the postwar era, Neiman remains among the most beloved American painters of his age, and today his works are included in dozens of museums around the world.

Dated 1985

Board: 15 3/4" high x 11 1/2" wide
Frame: 25 1/4" high x 21" wide
Nude by LeRoy Neiman
Maker: Neiman, LeRoy
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings
Depth: 1.88 Inches
Width: 21.0 Inches
Height: 25.25 Inches
Canvas Width: 11 1/2 Inches
Canvas Height: 15 3/4 Inches

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