chronicler of American history pays homage to the great emancipator, our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Not only are we celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Lincoln's birth but also the inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama.
In 1969 Neiman painted Lincoln. The painting now hangs in the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois. LeRoy Neiman was honored in this Bicentennial year with Illinois' highest honor, The Order of Lincoln. A blowup of the original painting was used as the backdrop during President Obama's televised speech.
Inspired by the Lincoln Bicentennial, Neiman painted the present portrait celebrating the President who saved the Union and formally ended slavery. The artist captures Lincoln's bone structure conveying the integrity, the very essence of an icon of strength. Staccato brush strokes and pulsating color capture Lincoln's determination and confidence. The eyes are discerning and piercing. Just as Lincoln's speeches were classics of clarity and grace, this portrait of Lincoln speaks volumes.
In HOMAGE TO LINCOLN
LeRoy's quintessential vision perfectly translates the elegant nobility of the man for all seasons.