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Popular American painter, LeRoy Neiman dies, aged 91

The popular artist painted major events like the Super Bowl and Olympics

LeRoy Neiman

The American painter LeRoy Neiman, who recorded major events such as the Super Bowl and Olympic Games on his brightly coloured canvases, died on Wednesday 20 June, aged 91. Neiman was a popular artist, comparable to Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth, but his work never received critical praise. Nevertheless, he built a successful career through his paintings, drawings and limited edition prints, earning tens of millions of dollars annually. He lived as a bon vivant, wearing flashy suits and smoking Cuban cigars, and his work was regularly reproduced in Playboy magazine, thanks to an early friendship with Hugh Hefner.

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23 Jun 12
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Leroy Neiman will be remembered as the the American Kees van Dongen. Garish colors, leisure world, beautiful women. A day at the track, a night at the opera. Farewell Neiman the Demon.

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