Limited Edition Serigraph
Signed by the Artist
26-1/2 x 40 Inches
Crockford’s Club in London, 1966. Titled elite and the ultra-chic mingle, flash and dazzle in the roll of the dice, the snap of the newly dealt card, the percussive song of the roulette wheel. Fleeting impressions: the refracted sparkle of a crystal chandelier, the wink of diamonds on the cuff and around the throat, formal black for the gents, a rainbow of silks and satins for the ladies. The high stakes chemin de fer table, where four true legends are drawn together by chance – Duke Ellington, the Duchess of Windsor, David Niven, Barbra Streisand. The atmosphere heats with excitement around this friendly little war of wits, wagers and luck.
Neiman’s vigorous, fluid style is a singular confluence of elements from the movements of Expressionism, Social Realism and Abstract Action Painting. He celebrates humanity at work and play: socialites and stable boys, sports stars and beach goers, movers and shakers and the man on the street. The genius of his work is in its immediacy: scenes of personalities caught mid-thought and mid-motion, pulsing with the energy of life.
This is LeRoy Neiman’s London at night. The allure of gambling, the glitter of the celebrity and the aristocrat, a kaleidoscope of color, scent and sound. Realized first as a brilliant painting for the London Playboy Club, Chemin de Fer is now a limited edition serigraph.