2020 Fine Sporting Art, American Paintings, and Sculpture

147| LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921-2012)

National Horse Show, Opening Night


Acrylic , 20" x 26"

$30000. - $50000.

Provenance: Playboy Enterprises, Inc.


Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA. Illustrated: Playboy, November 1967. An issue of the November, 1967 Playboy magazine will accompany the lot. Neiman portrays Madison Square Garden on the opening night of the National Horse Show, the grandest event on the prestigious indoor horse show circuit. Featuring an international jumping competition, the show draws a who?s who of high society bedecked in gowns and tails, who turn out to experience the suspense that arises as horse and rider tackle the course. The setting allowed the artist to express his longtime interest in high fashion complemented by the brilliant range of colors represented in the flags of the competing nations. All the color ? the black curtain cast across the crowd, courtesy of the gentlemen?s suits, dotted with color and fine detail, all juxtaposed against the brilliant red clay of the footing and the jumps interspersed throughout ? accentuates the pageantry of the event.

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