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RL Vintage Female Portrait Oil On Canvas Board Painting Leo Jansen (1930-1980) Playboy Painter

  • $ 60000


Vintage oil on canvas board painting of a female portrait by Leo Jansen (1930-1980). This atmospheric half portrait of a lady sitting on a chair backwards is full of suggestion. The casual pose of the subject along with her slightly disdainful smirk indicates intimacy with the viewer as she casually glances at something on the bottom left of the image. Her movement is slow and deliberate as if she is about to place her hand on her head.

Jansen was a Dutch portraiture painter who enjoyed economic success throughout his short lifetime. He was much in demand especially among the Hollywood elite and musicians being paid $20,000 portrait sitting fees in 1960. Because of the softness and light he infused his portraits, he was chosen by several companies to do commemorative plates. For eighteen years, he was commissioned by Playboy Magazine to paint the playmate of the month. In his first six years, he was the artist chosen to paint 58 of the 72 portraits. His works hang in the Hugh Hefner's Playboy corporate headquarters and in the mansion. Rank among the nation's best interpretive artist of nudes, Jansen's canvases hang in collection of a wide range of notables from Jean-Claude Pascal to the late Judy Garland.

Signed Leo Jansen lower right

A perfect addition to your mid century home decor, a fabulous addition to any art collection or as a housewarming gift idea.


The framed painting measures 24" long by 18" wide by 1.5" deep (canvas measures 16" by 12" ) and weighs 3lb 12oz.


The painting is in good condition considering age. There is a 3" light scratch to the paint showing on the left side of the painting in her hair to the left of tip of her nose - please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description


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