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Mark McGwire by Leroy Neiman

Mark McGwire by Leroy Neiman

1999 serigraph to the man who reaffirmed baseball’s place as America's pastime. According to the artist, "When I decided to paint Mark McGwire, I intended to do a 3x4' painting, which is a proportion I tend to favor. Once into the work, I realized I couldn't possibly contain a man of his majestic size and strength and accomplishment within that space. So I switched to 4x6'. I then chose to do a three-quarter-length space-filling figure, which bursts out of even that larger area. "McGwire is shown just after clouting another home run. His massive chest, arms and hands fill the center of the image, and his sharp eyes are following the ball as it rockets out of the stadium. Reds and pinks convey his tremendous health and strength. The golden background is meant to suggest something of his character, which is so honest, generous, positive and confident. I did the painting over a period of time between his 55th and 70th home runs. Working on the painting while following his unbelievable progress every day in the newspapers and on TV was very different and exciting for me. I think that helped to make a print that is very energetic and powerful." Image size is 40x26.5". Numbered 275/509 from an edition of 509 numbered impressions; 100AP, 9PP. 36x24". NRMT.

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