Christian R. Lassen Sorcerer of the Sea Painting.

Currency:USD Category:Collectibles / Disneyana Start Price:30,000.00 USD Estimated At:40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD
Christian R. Lassen Sorcerer of the Sea Painting.
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This item SOLD at 2021 Dec 18 @ 11:22UTC-8 : PST/AKDT
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(Disney, 1995) An original painting by world-renowned marine artist Christian Riese Lassen featuring Sorcerer Mickey. Accomplished in acrylic and airbrush on board, the painting depicts Mickey atop a sea rock, conjuring cosmic energies, as a school of dolphins and tropical fish cavort beneath the water's surface. This striking juxtaposition highlights the interconnectedness of biological systems and natural forces, a recurring theme in Lassen's work, and the use of arrestingly vibrant colors both in the heavens and under the sea connects and highlights the exotic wonders of these unexplored frontiers. The artist has signed at bottom left, "Christian Riese Lassen." Interestingly, this painting was the object of a notorious Las Vegas art heist, stolen while on loan to a gallery in the Forum Shops section of Caesars Palace. Both Seaside Romance and its companion, Sorcerer of the Sea (Lot #77), were stolen, with the thief making a clean getaway. The paintings were soon fenced to an unsuspecting collector, who subsequently came forward and returned the work to the Forum gallery, which in turn restored the art to Lassen. They were later sold legitimately through Lassen's own gallery in Hawaii. One of the artist's most recognizable works, this Disney commission has inspired popular limited editions in multiple formats, as well as a poster. It has also been featured on coffee mugs and a multitude of Disney merchandise. Measuring 30.25"x20.25" within a 46.25"x36.25" black wood shadowbox gallery frame, the piece is in fine condition with some crazing and wear at top center. Proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas.