Masters of the Pin-up girls
Gorgeous sexy pinup babe on upholstered leopard chair
Many people associate Pin-up girls, with world war 2.
American and to some extent British Pilots enjoyed painting glamorous Pinup girls on the noses of many bomber and fighter planes.
The Pinup has its roots in 1920's advertising and illustration.
Mr. Gil Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century.
Pin-up girls and the idea of painting the ideal feminine figure dates back thousands of years. Let's take a glimpse back a little earlier, to the late 19th Century in the United States.
Mr. Elvgren was influenced by the work of Mr. Charles Dana Gibson. Mr. Gibson was a pen and ink illustrator known for depicting women as equals to men and sometimes as teasing companions to them as well.
The Gibson Girl was illustrated as tall and slender with ample bosom, hips and bottom. She represented a confident and assertive woman. Gibson girls belonged to upper class society. Mr. Gibson was not the only illustrator to sketch Gibson Girls. It was the Gibson Girl that paved the way for the Pin-up girls of the twentieth century.
Many excellent Pin-up girl artists have dedicated much of their lives to drawing Pin-up girls. Some famous artists include Mr. Alberto Vargas, Mr. Art Frahm and Mr. George Petty.
The illustration on the left is by the famous pinup artist Mr. Art Frahm. Mr. Frahm must have been truly turned on by the idea of women losing their panties in public. He always included a bystander close by to witness the sexy little mishap.
Interestingly, in the male dominated world of the early twentieth century Ms. Zoe Mozert was hard at work illustrating book covers, calendars and very much a part of the Pin-up girl.
Ms. Mozert had the advantage of being able to use herself as a model, something the male artists presumably never did.
Ms. Mozert actually paid her way through art school in the 1920's by modeling, and would later in her career pose using a camera or a mirror to compose self portrait Pin-ups.
When you think about what the Gibson Girl represented and what Mr. Elvgren illustrated in his famous works, you are left with quite a contrasting view of women. Yes Elvgren and other artists may have been influenced by Mr. Charles Gibson and his concept of the ideal American woman, but Mr. Elvgren portrayed his Pin-up girls as sexy ladies perfect in shape and form. He did not paint them as perfectly polished Gibson girls however! One thing Mr. Elvgreen did in fact capture from Gibson, was the tease factor!
The Elvgren Pin-up girl was not necessarily strictly a member of an elitist class in society like Gibson girls. As far as I am concerned Elvgren Pin-up girls reflect a more down to earth, fun sexy and captivating woman.