Pep Stories Spicy Majorette

Artist:Earle K. Bergey
Date:1935
Medium:Oil on canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 22" x 27" Framed 27 1/2" by 32 3/4"
Condition:Excellent with some minor craquelure in the finish gloss
Original Use:Cover for Pep Stories - October, 1935
Price:$15,000.00
Full view of oil on canvas cover painting

Full view of oil on canvas cover painting

 

The artist's signature lower left

The artist's signature lower left

 

The painting as the October, 1935 cover for Pep Stories

The painting as the October, 1935 cover for Pep Stories

This rare original oil on canvas spicy pulp painting by Earle K. Bergey is an exciting recent estate find.  Used as the cover of the October, 1935 issue of Pep Stories, this topless majorette pin-up girl exudes perhaps just a little too much "pep" as she winds up tumbling back-side-first into a large marching drum. This captures the exuberance and decadence of 1930s chorus hall burlesque, and comes from the collection of Sire Records mogul Seymour Stein, which makes the music theme all the more resonant.

Pep Stories was one of the most popular spicy pulp titles, and the longest running "girlie pulp" in publication. Throughout the 1930s, the spicies pushed the envelope of what was considered decent, celebrating the risqué, daring, and free-spirited.  Even as censors tried to ban them from the newsstands, the popularity of these affordable, wild and highly modern magazines continued to grow. The colorful sexy covers were a tremendous part of their allure, and Bergey was one of the most innovative artists to be associated with this dazzling genre.  We were fortunate enough to acquire a second example by the artist from the Seymour Stein collection, and it too is available on the site.

Detail

Detail

Framed in handsome gold and black gallery frame

Framed in handsome gold and black gallery frame

Frame corner profile detail

Frame corner profile detail

 

Verso view of untouched back canvas on original pine stretchers

Verso view of untouched back canvas on original pine stretchers



 

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