He Doesn't Smoke and He Doesn't Drink

Artist:George Petty
Date:1937
Medium:Mixed Media on illustration board
Dimensions:Sight size 14" x 18 1/4" Framed 27 3/4" x 33 1/4"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Interior illustration for Esquire
Price:Sold
Full view

Full view

 

The artist's signature lower left

The artist's signature lower left

 

Published image as it appears in Esquire portfolio, included with sale

Published image as it appears in Esquire portfolio, included with sale

A deliriously fresh published Petty Girl mixed media pin-up illustration from 1937 that appeared in the pages of Esquire magazine with the quip "He doesn't smoke and he doesn't drink - I don't know what I'll do to amuse him". A masterful rendering of a sexy modernist redhead who is clearly styled after Bette Davis. She is shown in a revealing diaphanous purple gown that leaves little to the imagination, holding court in a sparse art deco interior with travertine table and the frequently employed as a prop telephone. This image also appears in Petty - A Portfolio From Esquire; a complete folio is included in the sale.

Long time visitors to this website might recall that Grapefruit Moon Gallery sold this painting in April of 2014. We are pleased to have the chance to offer it again. By all accounts just a defining example of The Petty Girl.

Framed and silk matted view behind glass in high end art deco gallery frame

Framed and silk matted view behind glass in high end art deco gallery frame

 

Detail

Detail

 

View of illustration on board before framing

View of illustration on board before framing

 

Verso view before framing

Verso view before framing

 

Verso print notations detail

Verso print notations detail

 

Frame profile and corner detail

Frame profile and corner detail



 

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