The words “sports” and the “1970’s” bring to mind two indelible visuals: Muhammad Ali and the colorful artwork of Leroy Neiman. Though the two men had firmly established themselves in their respective fields during the previous decade, both truly came into their own during the 1970’s and became cultural icons, known to even the most casual sports fan. Mere weeks before Ali fought Joe Frazier in “The Fight of the Century,” the first of the Ali-Frazier Trilogy, Leroy Neiman filled a page of his sketchbook with figure studies of Ali. The master depicts the Champ in six classic boxing poses – jabbing, weaving, ducking and posturing – each one a potential subject for the artist’s distinctive style. Rendered in a beautiful sepia and black ink, the sketch vividly brings to life the excitement of Ali in action. The piece measures 12 x 15 inches and shows edge wear and light toning throughout and has been encased in a 13 ½ x 16 x 1 ¼ inch plastic case.
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