DescriptionMauro Scali - Original Pin-up Painting (1961). Mauro Scali had numerous pin-up and glamour images published by Esquire. He also created magazine illustrations and paperback covers for some of the major publishers. This gorgeous example of his pin-up work has the distinction of being one of only two known oils on canvas by the artist -- and one of only eight total pin-ups by Scali known to exist. It was published as a calendar in 1961 with the caption, "I'll be happy to show you my treasures." A stunning image rendered in oil on canvas, it measures 30 x 24 and is signed middle right.
We've been fortunate enough to receive updated information from Mauro Scali's daughter, Sharon. Thank you, Sharon, and we're including it here:
"I just wanted to give you a little more background on him as an fyi ... as you mentioned only a couple of oil on canvas pieces known to exist.
"Actually he did many more pieces later in life. I am not certain of the total number of original pinups in existence, I know that several were bought by collectors in the years he and my brother owned and operated their art gallery in New Orleans. But in terms of oils on canvas, there are many held by collectors throughout the U.S. Particularly in his ballet series produced from 1978 until his death 14 years ago.
"One of his pieces, 'Jete' was selected as the International Ballet Competition's poster ... signed, limited edition prints remain available of that piece.
"Another, 'Time Out' was also produced as a limited edition serigraph and our family holds a number of these prints still."
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