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    Image commissioned by USA Olympic Committee for Moscow Games poster

    1979 "Olympic Pole Vaulter" Original Painting by LeRoy Neiman. Extraordinary oil on board from the most celebrated sports artist in American history serves up the added extra appeal of Cold War politics, as this poster design for the USA Olympic Committee would be rendered moot by our nation's boycott of the Moscow Games. Just weeks before "The Miracle on Ice" at Lake Placid would cement its status as the most significant Olympic contest between the two global superpowers, President Jimmy Carter warned that the Soviet incursion into Afghanistan would see consequences:

    "Although the United States would prefer not to withdraw from the Olympic games scheduled in Moscow this summer," the President told a national television audience on January 4, 1980, "the Soviet Union must realize that its continued aggressive actions will endanger both the participation of athletes and the travel to Moscow by spectators who would normally wish to attend the Olympic games."

    Ultimately the artwork would see limited release in serigraph form, but here we present the one and only original, a very large (48x24") oil on board bursting with the dynamic color palette that remains Neiman's artistic legacy. A sea of spectators boils like lava beneath the soaring vaulter, who rises into an orange sky above a row of national flags. The powerful image is signed by the artist at lower right in yellow.

    The painting exhibits no signs of restoration and is professionally framed to final dimensions of 34x58". Third party shipping required.


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    February, 2016
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