A Hitch in Time

Artist:Gil Elvgren
Date:Early 1940s
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 23" x 29" Framed 28" x 34"
Condition:Fine
Original Use:Calendar Art for the Louis F Dow Company
Price:Sold

Full view of oil on canvas painting

Full view of oil on canvas painting


Detail

Detail

An iconic early original pin up oil painting by Gil Elvgren for the Louis F. Dow calendar company of Saint Paul, Minnesota titled "A Hitch in Time." In this never before offered published calendar work, a pretty modernist pin up girl is caught hitching up her sexy silk stockings in a hurried moment while tangled up in her dog's leash. A exemplary piece from the situational cheesecake pin up trend. Gil Elvgren started his career with Louis F. Dow but due to his wild popularity, he was quickly offered a more lucrative contract with their rival Brown & Bigelow. By the mid-1940s, when Elvgren girls were far and away the most popular pin ups on the market, The Louis Dow calendar company had staff artists such as Vaughan Bass overpaint their remaining Elvgren canvases with new background scenes in a moment of crass commercialism that today seems blasphemous. This rare unaltered surviving early work was recently discovered and purchased by our gallery and we are delighted to offer it.

Framed view

Framed view


Frame profile corner view

Frame profile corner view


Published calendar view, included with sale

Published calendar view, included with sale

 

Published mutoscope card

Published mutoscope card

 

Verso view

Verso view

 

Verso notations

Verso notations



 

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