Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Caesin on board, circa 1949-1950, signed at lower left, matted, unframed.
Accompanied by four photographs and four sheets of negatives all taken by the artist of Grace Kelly in preparation for the illustration. The photographs were taken in Kelly's studio.
DOA 17.5 x 19.5 in.By Descent of the Family
Don Neiser was a prolific and talented illustrator, working in New York from the 1940s to the 1970s. After high school, he was awarded a full scholarship to a Tennessee art school and then entered the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York. Neiser's work at Pratt caught the eye of Norman Rockwell, who asked Neiser to "teach me how to paint beautiful women."
Neiser provided illustrations for stories or covers of Good Housekeeping, Sports Illustrated, McCall's, Playboy and others. He illustrated advertising campaigns for Smirnoff, Revlon, and Avon. And Neiser provided cover illustrations for paperback books published by Bantam and Signet.
After moving to Florida in the mid-1970s, Neiser moved to Greensboro, North Carolina to be closer to family. But he never stopped painting.
Some scattered surface grime/possible foxing to image; some wear to photographs/negatives.