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    Alfred Leslie Buell (1910-1996) Original Pin-up Painting (c.1940). For nearly three decades Al Buell contributed his considerable talents to the field of commercial illustration, most notably in his creations of pin-up art. Beginning with the Gerlach-Barklow Calendar Company in the late 1930s, Buell's playful, sexy pin-up girls eventually brought him to the attention of Brown & Bigelow, where he produced numerous pin-up and glamour images for the famous Minnesota calendar company. As his career progressed, he also produced work for some of the major advertisers, story illustrations for several national magazines, and a number of paperback covers. This is one of the finest examples of Buell's work for Gerlach-Barklow and, as a tennis image, is extremely uncommon subject matter in the world of pin-ups. This lovely lady, who seems to be exhibiting a rather unsportsmanlike advantage, is cleverly titled "A Backward Miss." It is rendered in oil on board, measures 22 x 16 and is signed lower right. This painting was reproduced in The Great American Pin-up (Martignette & Meisel), page 107, fig. 211.

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