Gillette Elvgren (1914-1980) Original Pin-up Painting (1969). Gil Elvgren's women were a feminine phenomenon. They embodied the wholesome hometown beauties suddenly grown up, still possessing their girlish charm but brimming with sensuality. His women exhibited a delightful precociousness in their innocent exposures and momentary predicaments. Elvgren's genius was his consistent ability to honestly capture that moment. Beginning with the Louis F. Dow Calendar Company in the late 1930s, he created a series of mutoscope cards and pin-up calendars that were enormously popular. Shortly thereafter he began working with Haddon Sundblom, a relationship that would greatly influence and enhance his artistic evolvement and career. It was during this period that Elvgren, along with his mentor Sundblom, created some of the most exquisite and enduring ads ever conceived for the Coca-Cola Company. Brown & Bigelow immediately recognized Elvgren's unique talents, and by the mid-1940s he began producing pin-up images exclusively for the company. An equally advantageous agreement for both, it was a relationship that would last until the he retired nearly thirty years later.

    Though he had many contemporaries who painted in a similar style and medium, Gil Elvgren had no equals. His Brown & Bigelow paintings remain some of the finest and most fondly remembered pin-up images ever created. The resurgence in the popularity of pin-up art began over a decade ago; with it came a wider recognition and respect for Elvgren's work and a whole new generation of fans. A fabulous and quintessential Elvgren image, this painting was created for Brown & Bigelow in 1969 and titled, Squirrely Situation. Rendered in oil on canvas, it measures 30 x 24 and is signed lower left. This painting was reproduced in Gil Elvgren All his glamorous American Pin-ups (Martignette & Meisel), page 195, fig. 472. A Brown & Bigelow ink blotter showing the published painting is included.

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