The Chamber Maid

Artist:Earl Moran
Date:1940s
Medium:Pastel on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 26" x 34" Framed 36" x 46"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Calendar Art for Brown & Bigelow
Price:$18,500.00
Full view

Full view

 

Detail

Detail

 

Artist's signature lower left

Artist's signature lower left

A fabulous c. 1940s original pin up pastel by Earl Moran created for the Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company of Saint Paul, MN. In this electric large format illustration, a smiling and flirtatious chamber maid in a sheer pink nightie is clearly on a mission to create mischief - with candlestick in hand as she prepares for an evening soiree. The fade-away modernist approach to the stairway is pure genius.

Framed view silk matted behind glass in hand crafted basswood gold gallery frame

Framed view silk matted behind glass in hand crafted basswood gold gallery frame

 

Verso label and notations

Verso label and notations

Beautifully framed and silk lined behind glass in a handsome hand crafted gold basswood frame, this is a luminous and spectacular work by one of the most important and iconic American illustrators from the prime of his career.

 

Frame corner detail view

Frame corner detail view

These risque "chamber maid" images were popular long before the advent of pin up art, images have circulated since the Victorian era before the turn of the last century. Seen below is an early 1900s mutoscope card proof photo from the Exhibit Supply Company archives that dates to about 1915 - 1920.

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Legendary American pin up illustrator Earl Moran was one of the first to discover a muse in the iconic Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe. During the late 1940s Monroe famously worked as a pin-up model for the Blue Book agency, posing under her real name of Norma Jeane Dougherty. During her short period sitting for photographers and artists, she became Moran's favorite model. For Brown & Bigelow, he created a series of the then red-headed beauty in situational poses for calendars and advertising use. A photograph of Marilyn Monroe in this sexy chamber maid situational pin-up pose shot by Earl Moran exists and is shown below but the pastel was never created with Monroe as the model.

Marilyn Monroe as posed by Earl Moran as sexy chamber maid

Marilyn Monroe as posed by Earl Moran as sexy chamber maid

 

The artist Earl Moran at work with Marilyn Monroe in the late 1940s

The artist Earl Moran at work with Marilyn Monroe in the late 1940s



 

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