Gil Elvgren Pin-up Sketch

Artist:Attributed to Gil Elvgren
Date:Late 1940s to early 50s
Medium:Graphite on artist's paper
Dimensions:Sight size 10" by 13 1/2"
Condition:Very good with some creasing and tanning to the paperstock
Original Use:Sketch for undetermined pin-up
Price:Sold
Full view of graphite sketch

Full view of graphite sketch

 

another view

another view

 

Detail

Detail

This original late 1940s-early 1950s pin-up sketch drawing is attributed to Gil Elvgren and was originally purchased from the artist's son.  Years ago, this was acquired by our colleague Rick Martin, author of the reference guide Vintage Illustration, and full provenance history comes with purchase. The work is unsigned, and as such can only be officially attributed to Gil Elvgren, though to our mind there is no question that is the work of Elvgren.  This piece has all of the essential Elvgren pin-up elements - the oops pursed lip, the mid-century modern radio, the under exposed curvy pin-up girl--who happens to be the same model who appeared in Jeepers Peepers and many other works by Elvgren.

The artwork is a large format graphite rendering on artist's paper, and shares conceptual components and design elements of "Hard to Suit" a Brown and Bigelow Calendar painting our gallery sold last year. Here are a few photos of that work for comparison purposes.

Hard to Suit Oil Painting (previously sold at Grapefruit Moon Gallery)

Hard to Suit Oil Painting
(previously sold at Grapefruit Moon Gallery)

 

Detail of Hard to Suit

Detail of Hard to Suit

 

Detail

Detail of sketch

Also for comparison is Gil Elvgren's sketch of "Flying High", as it appears in the monograph Gil Elvgren All his glamorous pin-ups, plate #376. 

Sketch of Flying High

Sketch of Flying High



 

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