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    Charlie Hustle in his Big Red Machine prime!

    1975 Pete Rose Original Painting by LeRoy Neiman. One need only refer to the Permanent Auction Archives of our website to witness the soaring trajectory of Neiman sales in recent years. While there's no question that the ninety-one year old artist's passing in June 2012 has fermented interest in Neiman's distinctive style, the trend owes far more to the greater shift in the American art market that has seen enormous gains in the commercial art of painters from Joseph Leyendecker to Gil Elvgren to Norman Rockwell. A new generation of art collectors has come to realize that the upturned noses of their predecessors toward such artists had been an error in need of correction, and that a commission for The Saturday Evening Post or the cover of a boxing program did not preclude a work's assignment under the heading of "Fine Art."

    Neiman's ebullient impressionistic style has enjoyed decades of popularity among the general male population since his buddy Hugh Hefner gave him his start at Playboy, and he quickly became synonymous with sports art, creating program covers for Heavyweight Championship fights, the Indy 500 and the World Series. But we still find ourselves near the very beginning of his wider acceptance in the rarefied air of galleries from Soho to Beverly Hills, suggesting the real pricing boom is still around the corner.

    Those believing that Neiman's path will mirror those of Rockwell and Elvgren will see tremendous opportunity here, in this arresting study of the brilliant and complicated Hit King. Neiman captures Rose's hunched batting stance perfectly, and the colorful bunting in the background suggests either Opening Day or (more likely) World Series action as the genesis. The oil on board measures 36x30" and is signed and dated by the artist at lower left. Framing completes the dimensions at 41x35". Our consignor purchased the work at Atkinson Fine Art in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2014. Fine condition.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 33
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