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    1990 Greg LeMond 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 expressionistic 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 first non-European to claim victory in cycling's greatest challenge, the grueling Tour de France. With the nullification of Lance Armstrong's seven victories, LeMond remains the only American Champion.

    LeMond wore the yellow jersey across the finish line of the Champs-Élysées three times, and this compelling work finds him fittingly framed by l'Arc de Triomphe and he heads toward his third and final victory, a date confirmed by Neiman's signature at lower left notated "90." The oil on board work bursts with the famed artist's unabashed celebration of bold colors in thick paint application, a textbook example of the style that made him famous. Dimensions are 35.5x29.5", framed to 40.5x34". Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from SGC Authentic.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 15
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