2020 Fine Sporting Art, American Paintings, and Sculpture

146| LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921-2012)

Satchmo

Signed, dated 61′ & inscribed ‘satch’

Oil on canvas, 57" x 45"

$100000. - $150000.

Signed, dated 61' & inscribed 'satch'

Often crossing paths with Louis Armstrong, Neiman sketched and painted the famous jazz musician countless times from Chicago to New York to Paris. Portraying Satchmo singing or blowing and often using his telltale white handkerchief as an accent, Neiman?s portraits are a testament to his respect and admiration for the influential musical figure. That same respect and admiration were mutually felt by Armstrong, who while attending Neiman?s one-man show at Hammer Gallery in 1963, paid the artist a compliment Neiman would forever cherish after purchasing a painting of Gerry Mulligan. ?Pops, you?ve painted a few?? Neiman last sketched Armstrong with Duke Ellington, the other giant of jazz. Neiman later recounted his last sitting with Armstrong, remembering him as tired, spent, and beautiful.

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