Artist: LeRoy Neiman
Title: La Plage au Deauville
Type: Limited Edition Serigraph
Size: 29" x 36"
Certificate of Authenticity included
The acclaimed American painter LeRoy Neiman had traveled worldwide, exploring contemporary leisure and all the pastimes and places people enjoy. The artist was particularly drawn to France, ever since he rented a studio in Paris in 1961 which became his temporary home and artistic sanctuary. Using his daring vision and genius combined, he recreated a variety of social scenes throughout the country. While living in Paris, Neiman especially studied the Deauville social season, captivated by its vibrancy and warmth.
Deauville, one of the most luxurious seaside resorts in Europe, is also the subject of the work “La Plage au Deauville” created in 1986. Just around two hours by train from Paris, Deauville has been a favorite retreat among Frenchmen for its brisk, bracing breezes and refreshing climate. Employing his characteristic expressionist brush strokes, Neiman perfectly captured the exuberance and grace of the Normandy’s chicest town, often referred to as the Parisian Riviera. The scene shows us the array of colorful flags and stands, the lively café, strollers moving along the broad stretch of boardwalk, beach umbrellas flickering in the sun – all contributing to the grace and bliss of this moment. Rich yellow sunshine, which artist often referred to as the main component of Deauville’s magic, bathes the entire composition, making it warm, bright and calm.
Offered without a frame, “La Plage au Deauville” serigraph can be framed for an additional $250. We offer a professional framing service. Please note that the framing will prolong the shipping period for about a week.
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About LeRoy Neiman
Named the most popular artist in the United States, LeRoy Neiman was best known for his vibrantly colored, dynamic depictions of sports and entertainment. This painter of “the good life” had the unprecedented skill to capture a figure in motion, while his genre scenes appealed to the broad public. He saw himself as an illustrator, even rather than a painter, while the pleasant moments from the everyday life he painted in a realistic manner.
Fusing action painting techniques with Pop Art and Impressionist and Expressionist elements, Neiman emerged as a master of color. He often used clean, unmixed nuances while his highly recognizable, brilliant palette developed. The color was his way of enhancing the experience, the scents, and feelings of the chosen subject.
LeRoy Neiman started his professional career in the 1950s during “the magazine era”, and subsequently created illustrations for many magazines. The most notable one of the publications holding his illustrations is Playboy, but his work was featured in Sports Illustrated and Harpers as well.
As the creator of vivid chronicles of the American life, Neiman became increasingly and widely popular, even though he was never fully accepted by the ‘haute’ critics, comparing him to Norman Rockwell. Nevertheless, he never ceased to work in the way he saw as best, captivating audiences with his skill, even painting on television! His works were exhibited at the Hammer Galleries in New York and the Franklin Bowles Gallery in San Francisco among other venues.
Although fame brought him immense wealth, Neiman - a child of the Great Depression, lived frugally. At the same time, he was very generous, having donated almost $20 million to different art institutions around the country. This “American Impressionist” also served as the official artist of 5 Olympic Games, and he painted many prestigious sporting events, from the Kentucky Derby to America’s Boxing Cup and Super Bowl. Among his portrait subjects, we can find many celebrities, politicians and influential figures from different areas.
LeRoy Neiman was born as LeRoy Runquist on June 8, 1921, in St. Paul, MN. He attended St. Paul School of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago after he completed military service. He lived in New York City, where he died on June 20, 2012, at the age of 91.