A fresh to the market fabulous example of Gil Elvgren's pin up work for The Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company of Saint Paul, MN. This was created and published in 1955 with the title of Welcome Traveler and is one of the finest Elvgren paintings the gallery has offered. A pretty redhead perched on a tweed suitcase dries her eyes with her frilly silk undergarments at a train station, capturing a moment that is pure and fun American pin up. The painting is in a fine state of conservation and has been relined and handsomely framed.
Welcome Traveler was one of the artist's most iconic images, Brown & Bigelow produced playing cards with the image and she appeared on calendars, blotters, and advertising notebooks. Printed version of each are seen below and included in the sale.