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International Foursome

International Foursome

Published 1985.
Limited Edition Serigraph.
Image Area Dimensions 38″ x 31.”
Numbered 600 pieces.
Signed and numbered by LeRoy Neiman.
Gallery Retail $7,500.

On a visit to fantastic Rio in 1985, the artist discovered a beautiful and exotic golf course in an extraordinary setting at the foot of the Great Gavia Rock. Gavia is as loved by the Cariocas as Pao de Acuar (Sugerloaf) or the Corcovado (Christ statue) atop Hunchback Mountain. The neatly clipped links are carved out of a verdant profusion of tropical growth. And the towering majesty of Gavi dominates the scene, piercing the sky above the players on the green. Neiman decided to balance the composition by selecting four internationally acclaimed stars for the foreground. From left to right: Nick Faldo of Great Britan (this course was originally built by English residents who still proudly maintain the club), Spain’s Seve Ballesteros (silently urging the ball toward the cup), Gerhard Langer from Germany (carefully following Ballesteros’ putt), and Australian Greg Norman for “Down-Under” (tall, handsome and ramrod straight). The Carioca caddies in their traditional white overalls and sandals look on respectfully. The weather is ideal, the course tranquil and uncrowded. No tournament gallery interrupts the stillness. The artist has carefully crafted an image without extraneous subjects. We are left with the indelible impression he intended- great golf and the serenity of great Gavia.

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LeRoy Neiman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, De Paul University, and the University of Illinois.He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago’s school for ten years. Neiman moved to New York City in 1963 when he had his first one-man show at the Hammer Gallery. He then continued to portray the people and events of the world he knew best, or which intrigued him most. His best-known works are sports scenes, a reflection, he believes, of the fact that sports are universally a dominant force. He was the official artist for ABC-TV at the Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976, and at the Winter Olympics of 1980. Neiman’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Hermitage in Leningrad. Some people will pronouce his name wrong and spell it Nieman, but we know who they are talking about.

LeRoy Neiman passed away in 2012 after over 60 years of publication. His original works have sold for upwards of $750,000 and there is still an active receptive market for his work. Atkinson Fine Art published LeRoy Neiman’s last signed work in 2011, The Grenadier Bar.

Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, his art is unique. It stands alone without any real comparison. It is an art which has become controversial because Neiman has broken the barriers of many of the most hallowed assumptions of modern art history and contemporary criticism. It is an art that is loved by millions of people throughoutAmerica and around the world.

We know LeRoy Neiman’s market like noone else. Whether you are buying or selling, let Atkinson Fine Art serve you in your fine art journey.


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