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Portrait of the Cheetah ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Portrait of the Cheetah

“Portrait of the Cheetah”


Limited Edition Serigraph

Signed with pencil LeRoy Neiman, lower right

Numbered 180/450, lower left

DIM: 45 1/8″ H * 37 1/2″ W



LeRoy’s portraits of wildlife are among his most popular and beloved works. The featured serigraph is the newest addition to the enormously successful series that includes Portrait of the Lion, Portrait of the Tiger, Portrait of the Leopard and Portrait of the Leopard. Like those prints, Portrait of the Cheetah is an up-close and intimate portrait. Executed in a glorious riot of color, the portrait tends toward the impressionistic, even while scrupulously maintaining accuracy. But where the previous portraits showed ferocious and fearsome beasts, the cheetah seems sweet, playful and almost docile.

Neiman’s trips to the grasslands of Kenya, which resulted in the book Leroy Neiman on Safari , included an extended visit with cheetahs. The artist recalls: “One time when we were on safari in Africa we spent three or four hours in a Hummer following a number of cheetahs who had isolated a cape buffalo. Cheetah are friendly cats and won’t bother you or run away if you get close in your vehicle. We were able to watch them stalk their prey. I’ve heard of wild game hunters or tourists who are anxious to witness a kill, but I was actually rather delighted when the buffalo managed to escape. I didn’t feel bad for the cheetah because they all looked very healthy. They were obviously good hunters and I was sure they’d find another meal soon enough.”

It is that kind of close personal observation of animals in the wild that gives Neiman’s works their unique vitality and veracity. Like the other members of the Portrait family, Portrait of the Cheetah will be cherished by Neiman collectors.


Family Portrait ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Family Portrait
  • *Unframed Serigraph Available*
  • Serigraph
  • 2005
  • Limited edition of 575 (575 numbered impressions; 115AP, 8PP)
  • Signed with pencil LeRoy Neiman, lower right
  • Includes a certificate of authenticity from Centaur Art Galleries
  • DIM: 41 3/4″ H * 41 3/4″ W



We return to one of Neiman’s most prized and beloved subjects, the great African big cats. In Family Portrait, Neiman captures the expression and likeness of the three greatest felines – the lion, tiger and leopard. The serigraph depicts these animals in full command, respected and admired for their nobility in the cat family. To quote Neiman on each of these magnificent creatures:

“The lion is the undisputed king of the jungle and leads a life free of threat. The King of beasts is royalty purring or growling. The leopard, strictly upper class, is the most elegant of the larger felines – a graceful and slick nocturnal stalker with a distinctive, handsome round head. The tiger, the largest cat, is fast and agile; they are all awesome, beautiful creatures.”

Family Portrait is a crowning homage to Neiman’s portrayal of the vast animal kingdom, and salutes such masterpieces as Portrait of the Lion, Portrait of the Tiger, and Portrait of the Leopard. His use of color in Family Portrait captures the excitement, energy, and vastness of the African wilderness. For any Neiman collector or animal lover, Family Portrait is a must!

The Big Five ˜ Centaur Art Galleries


The Big Five

  • 2001
  • Serigraph
  • Limited edition of 585 (edition of 585 plus artist proofs)
  • Signed with pencil LeRoy Neiman, lower right

LeRoy brings us back to one of his most exotic and exciting locales, the African Savannah. Not long ago, the artist undertook an extended bloodless safari to the wilderness of Kenya. Many of the resulting paintings and drawings appear in his marvelous book, LeRoy Neiman on Safari. The masterpiece of the trip is an enormous diptych on twin canvasses, each 6 feet tall and 12 feet wide. The featured serigraph is taken from the left half of the diptych, painted completely on location. The artist narrates his work:

“To set the stage for the painting drama, allow me to present the cast of characters starring the Big Five – the Lion, the Elephant, the Cape Buffalo, the Rhinoceros and the Leopard, plus cameos by the Cheetah, the Zebra and the Giraffe. A huge stomping bull elephant dominates the center area. With earth-shaking footfalls he cuts a swath through the tall grass, ears flapping full sail. He has rudely interrupted the post-dining naps of two passive, well-fed lions as the pachyderm’s pack follow their leader, plodding and swaying as they trail behind.

“To the left of the centerpiece elephant, an awe-inspiring, massive, prehistoric rhinoceros couple graze unconcerned, grunting and snorting. Their two-inch think hide is so rugged and weathered you’d think the ones your looking at right now are thousands of years old. You can be sure the cagey leopard, camouflaged overhead in his luxurious spotted coat, will not mess with the rhinoceros. With rhino, the idea is just to stay clear. “Behind the rhino is a trio of cheetah, the imperial feline. The passing parade of pachyderms has interrupted their conspiracy to ambush a zebra. To the right of the elephant, the frieze of zebra travel east to west. From this distance their bleatings cannot be heard, but their stripes make them highly visible. On the other side of looming Mt. Kenya are the distinctive, balletic giraffe. With their commanding view they are the snobbish overseers of the veldt. Finally, the cape buffalo are grazing dangerously close to the lions, assuming they are sated. They all face lionward. You just don’t turn your back, whatever the lion’s mood.”

Neiman collectors are sure to covet this spectacular serigraph, full of all the drama and vastness of the African plain.

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