Gillette Elvgren (1914-1980) Original Pin-up Preliminary Painting (1965-1970). This is a fabulous, oversized, fully finished study by Elvgren, and a rare offering for several reasons; principally because most of Elvgren's NAPA paintings are believed to have been destroyed in a fire many years ago. This also has the distinction of being the only golf pin-up subject painted by Elvgren, consequently an exceedingly desirable image for the golf enthusiast. Lastly, many collectors of Elvgren's originals prefer the preliminary NAPA paintings over the finished versions, as Elvgren was able to take more liberties with his preliminaries. He often added personal artistic touches throughout the painting that were ultimately missing from the final image submitted to NAPA. Painted in oil on board, it measures 30 x 22 (nearly the same size a standard Elvgren) and is signed lower right. This painting appears in Gil Elvgren All his glamorous American pin-ups (Martignette & Meisel), page 232, fig. 560. The finished version, along with the model's photo appears in Gil Elvgren His Life & Art (Collins & Elvgren) page 190. A photo of the calendar print and a model photo are included.

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