“The Voice” – © 2002 Leroy Neiman

I’ve always been enchanted by this Neiman piece…

As I first encountered Leroy Neiman’s “The Voice”, I thought it was a very nice, evocative portrait of Frank Sinatra.

But when I settled in front of the piece and my eyes met Frank’s, the emotional amplitude bumped up dramatically. I got the strong sense that there was an interesting backstory here … that this image captured more than simply Frank in contemplative repose.

Leroy Neiman passed this week and in the gush of articles and remembrances on his amazing life and career, I found out the story behind the piecing eyes of this fabulous piece.

Andrew Cohen — contributing editor over at The Atlantic — offers up a short tribute post (‘The Voice’: Leroy Neiman on Frank Sinatra) that includes a cool video interview with Leroy Neiman explaining the setting for his “capture” of Sinatra for this iconic image.

I don’t share the “haunting” feel that Andrew get’s from this portrait (especially after hearing the backstory), but travel the link above to Cohen’s article and get the lowdown for yourself … it’s definitely worth the trip.