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    LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921-2012)
    Roulette Table at Vegas, 1970
    Oil on Masonite
    48 x 60 inches (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: LeRoy Neiman / 70
    Bears inscription on the reverse: Original / painting by LeRoy Neiman

    PROVENANCE:
    Neisen Harris, Highland Park, Illinois, 1972;
    Bette Harris, Chicago, Illinois, by descent;
    Estate of the above;
    Katherine Harris, Chicago, Illinois, by descent;
    Estate of the above;
    by descent to the present owner.

    In 1954, then-struggling artist LeRoy Neiman received his big break from friend and former colleague, Hugh Heffner, to work for his newly minted "Men's Magazine," Playboy. Shortly after his start, Neiman was treated to what he called "the good life" and in 1960, embarked on a business trip to Europe to find artistic inspiration for a new Playboy feature, illustrated and penned by Neiman, called "Man at His Leisure." Appearing in the magazine for the next 15 years, "Man at His Leisure" showed the artist's impressions of sporting events and social activities. Neiman's success in capturing the high-end, high-society world as a decadent playground is mirrored in his art - fast and colorful. The artist celebrated this joie de vivre with brush and pen.

    As a master documentarian of men's culture, it is only natural that casinos feature heavily in Neiman's oeuvre. The present work, Roulette Table at Vegas, has a tight composition filled with glamourous characters and bright, saturated colors. Neiman's layering of pigments heightens the sense of movement and tension as the gamblers place their bets. The moment captured is almost too full, too bright to fit in a single composition or to appreciate at a single glance. The present work is one of Neiman's most iconic, and was later published as the popular print, Roulette II.

    We would like to thank The Conservation Center for their gracious assistance in cataloguing this lot. A copy of their condition report dated December 21, 2020 is available upon request.


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    Condition Report*: Masonite is adhered to stretcher with vestiges of adhesive visible along top edge; Extremely minor edge wear with abrasions and tiny losses, most notably a small flake of loss bottom edge, left side.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    7th Friday
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