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    Rolf Armstrong (1890-1960) Original Pin-up Study (c.1940). Rolf Armstrong is revered among artists and fans alike for his contributions in the field of pin-up and glamour art. During his illustrious career, his paintings graced the covers of numerous national periodicals; among the most memorable were his exceptional pastel portraits of movie stars for Photoplay and Screenland magazines. His work for the calendar company Brown & Bigelow may be one of his greatest legacies to admirers of glamour art. Armstrong was one of the first major artists to work for the St. Paul, Minnesota calendar company, and his contributions over the years remain some of the most cherished and collected images in the field. This offering is a large and impressive unsigned study by Armstrong, and believed to be posed by one of his most famous models, Jewel Flowers. It is rendered in charcoal and mixed media on paper (on board) and measures 36 x 27. For reasons that surely served the artist's purposes, the portion of the model's head (from the neck up) was neatly cut and pasted here. There are some small areas of water staining to the bottom edge of the board and some creasing to the paper/board itself (the largest area affected is in the middle near the models crossed knee) but they do not detract from the image. Overall, this remains an impressive preliminary work by one of the most important artists in glamour art.

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