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Edgar Leeteg
Zeta
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Posted: 2009-03-24 12:18 am   Permalink

Here we will post everything about the great American painter.

Edgar Leeteg
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Edgar Leeteg (1904 St. Louis, Missouri - 1953) was an American painter often considered the father of American velvet painting. Before Leeteg, black velvet painting was primarily considered a hobby, not an art.[citation needed]

[edit] Early career

Leeteg initially worked as a billboard painter and sign writer in California before losing his job due to the depression. Taking a small inheritance, Leeteg moved to Tahiti in 1933 with a few brushes and some paint stolen from his previous employer[1]. Using the women of the island as his models, he sold paintings to visiting sailors.

[edit] Rise to popularity

Leeteg's best work was done between the years 1933 and 1953. He lived in Cook's Bay, Tahiti using the dark skinned women of the island as his models. His main subject was beautiful Polynesian women, and he painted them amidst their background, their culture and their history. The eroticism, colour and detail of these paintings made him famous.[2]

Leeteg's popularity soared following a fortunate meeting with Honolulu art gallery owner Bernard Davis, who became his patron. It was with Davis' help that Leeteg built his great Villa Velour estate in Tahiti[3]. Davis worked as Leeteg's agent and they had a fruitful and profitable relationship together. His paintings were popular in bars in America and Polynesia.

Davis branded Leeteg the 'American Gauguin', and soon Leeteg's paintings were being sold for thousands of dollars. However, fame as an artist is something he never expected saying "My paintings belong in a gin mill, not a museum. If this modern crap is art, then just call my paintings beautiful. Don't call them art."

Edgar Leeteg died in 1953 of a motorcycle crash at the age of 49.

[edit] References

1. ^ Kofoed, Kristian (September 1, 1999). "Paradise painted". Seattle Weekly.
http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:6_-ohbpHcLcJ:www.seattleweekly.com/1999-09-01/arts/paradise-painted.php+leeteg&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=18&gl=us&client=firefox-a. Retrieved on 2007-04-23.
2. ^ "Edgar Leeteg: The Father of Modern Velvet Painting". Barracuda Magazine. http://www.barracudamagazine.com/leeteg.htm. Retrieved on 2006-08-28.
3. ^ "Edgar Leeteg: Father of Velvet Painting". Jen Longshaw. http://www.passionforpaint.com/EdgarLeeteg.html. Retrieved on 2006-08-28.


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Print

From here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=31727&forum=12&1


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From here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=31678&forum=12&hilite=leeteg


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Quote:

On 2008-07-11 13:31, TikiTres wrote:
Personally I think the reason the chin looks so pointy is because of the shading on the right cheek. He should have lightened up that area to get rid of the "wicked witch of the west" appearance. There's also a heck of a lot of gumline showing, but that may be accurate to the subject of the painting. And the lack of any highlighting of her body makes it look like a disembodied head floating in an odd location on the "canvas" (felt). But hey, could I do better? Highly doubtful


For you future viewers of this thread who are cursing the fact that the eBay link you're clicking on in the first post is long dead, here are the pictures from the auction:




And the description:

"Edgar Leeteg
This Auction is covered by a Satisfaction or Money Back Guarantee and is offered with No Reserve Price. Up for Auction is a beautiful Signed Original Oil on Black Velvet Portrait Painting by Well Listed Tahitian Artist Edgar Leeteg (1904-1953). This artwork is in excellent condition, no sign of paint loss, damage or repair. There is some minor scuffing to the velvet at the borders. Leeteg is a highly collectible artist whose works rarely become available with auction records at Butterfields and the like, and an auction high price realized of $2,487 (Butterfields 9/19/1990). We are offering this wonderful artwork in a No Reserve Auction, high bidder wins the auction and the Edgar Leeteg Original Velvet Painting. The Artist is Listed in:

The frame measures 14 by 14 1/2 inches, the art, 13 by 13 1/2."

UPDATE: for any future viewers of this thread that are curious, the painting sold for 519.09.

[ This Message was edited by: TikiTres 2008-07-15 08:37 ]



 
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On 2008-09-12 11:10, Babalu wrote:



 
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Book


 
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Nude blond woman



 
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Posted: 2009-03-24 01:29 am   Permalink

Ay mamacita!

I LOVE art!


 
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Posted: 2009-03-24 01:40 am   Permalink

Now that is one sexy momma! Great picture. I would love to have one of these done of myself, but at this stage in my life it's way to late. Is this your self portrait Zeta?

 
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I wish!

Quote:

On 2007-06-16 01:32, TabooDan wrote:

The rarely seen Leeteg velvet painting tucked away in the Menehune Room. This one is also hard to see because it is recessed in the wall and the bulbs that give it a light glow have been burnt out for quite some time. This room is also one of the rooms that is only open for special events. Nows your chance!!



TabooDan, please upload the picture again! That wahine seems to have a beautiful lower back!


 
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Posted: 2009-03-24 09:56 am   Permalink

Here's THE Leeteg book to get (hard to find):












 
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Posted: 2009-03-24 12:37 pm   Permalink

Bigbro,
My folks who passed away 10 years ago, had a paper napkin boxed set of that 'people are no damn good' nebish, and a bunch of other cartoons with sayings like that. They had enamel ashtrays with that guy and his sayings on them. I'll try to find them (packed away) and post some pics.


 
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Posted: 2009-03-24 3:50 pm   Permalink

Another great source of Leeteg's life is recounted in Michener's epic book "Rascals in Paradise". It's fairly easy to find and has an entertaining account of Leeteg's wild/tragic/humorous life. The book is also a tremendous historical resource that appears to be well researched and is replete with horrific tales of explorers, pirates and scoundrels in the South Pacific.

 
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Posted: 2009-03-24 5:27 pm   Permalink

Here is an article from Barricuda Magazine with some interesting tibits on Edgar Leeteg.

http://www.barracudamagazine.com/leeteg.htm

DC


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Posted: 2009-03-24 5:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-03-24 01:42, Zeta wrote:
I wish!

Quote:

On 2007-06-16 01:32, TabooDan wrote:
The rarely seen Leeteg velvet painting tucked away in the Menehune Room. This one is also hard to see because it is recessed in the wall and the bulbs that give it a light glow have been burnt out for quite some time. This room is also one of the rooms that is only open for special events. Nows your chance!!



TabooDan, please upload the picture again! That wahine seems to have a beautiful lower back!



Okay, here it is!! Enjoy!



I will go to the original thread of the Waldorf and fix those pictures as well.
Mahalo, TabooDan


 
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