Portrait of Loretta Young

Artist:Zoe Mozert
Date:1936
Medium:Pastel on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 13 1/4" x 18 1/4" Framed to 22 " x 27"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Presumable Movie Magazine Cover Art For As of Yet Undetermined Title
Price:S O L D
Full view of pastel on illustration board

Full view of pastel on illustration board

 

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

 

Framed and matted view in original Art Moderne limed wood enamel painted frame

Framed and matted view in original Art Moderne limed wood enamel painted frame

A large  c. 1936 signed pastel portrait by Zoe Mozert of the Hollywood film star Loretta Young from about the time of her starring turn in Ramona. Zoe Mozert was a much in demand Hollywood film magazine cover artist during the pre-code years of Hollywood tinsel town glamour. She later settled into a long and prolific career as a calendar pin up artist for Brown & Bigelow. The verso notations on this suggest it was created and commissioned for cover art for an as of yet unidentified by us Hollywood Movie Magazine title. This is matted behind glass in its original limed wood and enamel painted Art Moderne frame.

  

Detail

Detail

 

Verso view with hand written notations

Verso view with hand written notations

 

Frame profile and corner detail

Frame profile and corner detail

The lovely and versatile Loretta Young had a long career as an A-list Hollywood actress.

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The most famous female pin up artist, Mozert (1907-1993), is an exemplary disciple of the Rolf Armstrong pastel style. Often her own model, Mozert is noted for rejecting sexy-girl cliches in favor of depicting more real-seeming young women, with recognizably individual features and personalities.

Her cover portraits of Hollywood starlets for such publications as Romantic Movie Stories and Screen Book were particularly popular, but she also contributed covers to such periodicals as American Weekly and True Confessions.

While the bulk of her work including such deliriously romantic nudes as "Moonglow" and "Sweet Dreams" was calendar-oriented (primarily for Brown & Bigelow), Mozert also made a mark as a movie poster artist, notably for Carole Lombard's True Confession, and the notorious Jane Russell / Howard Hughes sex and sagebrush saga, The Outlaw. Even her less sultry sirens exude both charm and sex appeal.

 



 

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