Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The first: casein on board, a sketch of Abraham Lincoln framed by quotations by William J. H. Boetcker (previously attributed to Lincoln), pencil signed and dated '78, framed, not under glass; the second: a watercolor inspired by a Rorschach inkblot, on paper mounted to board, signed to verso, unframed; the third: a drawing of a small cabin, unframed.
DOA 19.75 x 17.25 in. (the first and largest)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 light surface abrasions and scuffs to the first; general age, including toning, creasing, and scattered spotting to the second; toning, some foxing, edge nicks, and spot of skinning to the third.