Watch An Artist Create A Roger Federer Oil Painting In Under Four Minutes
With his fluid ground strokes and uncanny ability to seemingly always paint the lines, Roger Federer has often been compared to an artist on the tennis court.
Well, now an actual French action painter by the name of Jean-Pierre Blanchard has made the 16-time Grand Slam winner the subject of a very unique piece of artwork.
In front of an audience at the presentation of the Swiss Venture Club's Entrepreneur Award in Zurich, Blanchard created an oil painting of Federer in sub-four-minute time — and from memory, no less. The painting was then auctioned off for charity, with the winning bid of 16,100 Swiss francs (approximately $20,000) belonging to Thomas Sauber, a partner and head office manager at Ernst & Young in Zurich.
All of the money will go to the Roger Federer Foundation — a condition the former men's No. 1 insisted upon in order for his image to be used in the entertainment portion.
As for what exactly Sauber intends to do with the painting:
“Ernst & Young Zurich will soon relocate to new offices in the Prime Tower. We'll hang it up there in a prominent spot. I'd like to organize an employee event at which Roger Federer signs the painting personally and money would be collected for his foundation."
Watch the speedy French artist paint the tennis star's portrait in no time at all:
Blanchard, who says he greatly admires Federer, required only four days to prepare for the event.
[h/t Darren Rovell]
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