Remembering Elvis

animation art, Elvis Presley, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Starstruck Betty”

ARTIST: King Features, Inc.

DATE: 2001

WHY WE CHOSE IT: Thousands are converging on Graceland this week to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of pop culture icon Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977). “The King” was just 42 years-old when news of his untimely death shocked the world, although to this day, fans still claim sightings of the superstar everywhere from burger joints to gas stations.

"Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over." —Elvis Presley

SOURCE: The Park West Gallery Collection

A wide variety of memorabilia and animation art is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

LeRoy Neiman (1927-2012)

LeRoy Neiman, Muhammad Ali, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Muhammad Ali: Athlete of the Century”

ARTIST: LeRoy Neiman

DATE: 2001

WHY WE CHOSE IT: 

Iconic American artist LeRoy Neiman, known for his trademark handlebar mustache and his bright, impressionistic portrayals of the world’s top sporting events, died in New York on Wednesday. He was 91.

Although his paintings captured everything from U.S. presidents to jazz musicians to the powerful animals of Africa, Neiman became best known for his bright, bold sketches of the sports world, capturing its motion and emotion in his brushstrokes.

(via CNN.com)

SOURCE: Park West Gallery Collection

To learn more about the artist LeRoy Neiman, please visit http://bio.parkwestgallery.com/artists/Leroy-Neiman.

Leonardo’s Last Breath

Leonardo da Vinci, Park West Gallery, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

TITLE:Francis I Receives the Last Breath of Leonardo da Vinci”

ARTIST: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

DATE: 1818

WHY WE CHOSE IT: Italian Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) died 493 years ago today in Amboise, France.

In the early nineteenth century, Count de Blacas, ambassador of Louis XVIII, commissioned Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres for a painting depicting Leonardo’s death, with King Francis I receiving his last breaths. While Leonardo did move to France in 1516, having been appointed “First painter, architect and mechanic of the King,” the story of his death in the presence of Francis I comes from Vasari’s “The Lives” and is undoubtedly fictitious.

SOURCE: Le Petit Palace (Paris)

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