Out of the Running

Artist:Gil Elvgren
Date:1953
Medium:Oil on Stretched Canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 24" x 30" Framed 28" x 34"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Calendar Art for The Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company
Price:Sold
Full view of oil painting

Full view of oil painting

 

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

 

The image as it appeared in calendar (included in sale) - September 1955

The image as it appeared in calendar (included in sale) - September 1955

A fabulous surviving Gil Elvgren pin up oil painting from the Brown & Bigelow Calendar line of 1953, published with the title Out of the Running (What A Heel!). A pretty party girl laments the broken shoe that has temporarily taken her away from the evening's fun. The image was a tremendous success for the company, and could be seen on calendars, blotters, and assorted ephemera throughout the 1950s. A glamorous example with a sexy undercurrent--the detail of expression and the impasto technique used to show off the transparency of her tulle skirting are particularly fine touches. Grapefruit Moon Gallery recently discovered her at a supper club in northern Wisconsin where she had resided since the 1950s, having been given to the proprietors of the restaurant shortly after completion by Elvgren himself. Remarkably, she hung on the restaurant's walls since that time to the delight of decades of patrons. The work has been professionally cleaned and is in a very fine state of conservation, retaining the original limed wood frame.

Framed view

Framed view

 

frame profile and corner detail

frame profile and corner detail

 

An advertising calendar blotter of "out of the Running" included in sale

An advertising calendar blotter of "Out of the Running" included in sale

 

verso view of canvas on original pine stretchers

Verso view of canvas on original pine stretchers

 

verso detail

Verso detail



 

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