Beauty Parade

Artist:Peter Driben
Date:1948
Medium:Oil on board
Dimensions:Sight size 27" by 35" Framed 35" by 43"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover Art for Beauty Parade Magazine, December 1948
Price:$18,500.00
Full View of pin-up cover illustration

Full view of pin-up cover illustration

 

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

 

The painting as it appeared as the cover for Beauty Parade, December, 1948 (included in sale)

The painting as it appeared as the cover for Beauty Parade, December, 1948 (included in sale)

One of the finest Peter Driben pin-up girl cover illustrations to come on the market, created for the December, 1948 edition of Beauty Parade, a popular Men's title promising The World's Loveliest Girls. Along with being lovely, Driben's pin-up creations are recognized as some of the most flamboyant and unique works in the genre, with girls who looked both low-rent and up-for-anything when compared to the more austere Varga and Petty girls who graced the pages of Esquire. In her excellent analysis on the artist in the recently released Taschen volume The Art Of Pin-up, author Dian Hanson notes "Driben's girls couldn't really be called "good". Their costumes were consciously trashy, their heels whorishly high and their thighs just too far too voluptuous."
And presumably; therein lies the appeal!

Detail

Detail

The painting is in a fine state of conservation and handsomely framed and matted in a museum quality carved basswood gold gallery frame and ready to hang.

Framed and matted view

Framed and matted view

Carved basswood frame corner detail view

Carved basswood frame corner detail view

 

Verso view before framing

Verso view before framing

 

Verso print notations

Verso print notations



 

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