17 December 2003
The Painting a Playmate series was commissioned by Playboy in 1960. A selection of the magazine's favorite artists were invited to paint portraits of Ann Davis, the Playmate of the month for September 1960. The resulting paintings were featured in a pictorial a few months later. Such commissions are emblematic of Hefner's support of the arts and artists, and his unique determination to integrate fine art within the magazine.
LeRoy Neiman (b. 1927)
Painting a Playmate, 1960
signed and dated 'LeRoy Neiman '60' (lower right)
enamel on board
35¾ x 24 in. (90.8 x 61 cm.)
RUN DATE: September 1960, Painting a Playmate.
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