Welcome Traveler

Artist:Gil Elvgren
Date:1955
Medium:Oil on stretched canvas
Dimensions:Sight Size: 24" x 30" Framed 31" x 37"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Calendar Art for The Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company
Price:$95,000.00
Full view of oil on canvas painting

Full view of oil on canvas painting

 

The artist's signature lower left

The artist's signature, lower left

 

Detail

Detail

This is a 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 this 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. Grapefruit Moon Gallery previously sold this painting in 2014; we are delighted to have acquired it back from the original buyer.

Framed view

 

Verso view of relined oil painting

Verso view of relined oil painting

 

Frame corner profile

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 versions of each are seen below.

Advertising Notebook tablet by Brown & Bigelow of Welcome Traveler

Advertising Notebook tablet by Brown & Bigelow of Welcome Traveler

 

Playing cards of Welcome Traveler included in sale.

Playing cards of Welcome Traveler.



 

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