Worth Wading For

Artist:Enoch Bolles
Date:1933
Medium:Oil on Stretched canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 22" by 30"
Condition:Excellent restored relined condition
Original Use:Cover for Film Fun Magazine - September, 1933
Price:Sold
Full view of cover painting

Full view of cover painting

The September, 1933 edition of Film Fun (included in sale)

The September, 1933 edition of Film Fun (included in sale)

Worth Wading For as issued by The Thos. D. Murphy Calendar Company as an advertising ink blotter (included in sale)

Worth Wading For as issued by The Thos. D. Murphy Calendar Company as an advertising ink blotter (included in sale)

This fresh to the market and fabulous original Film Fun cover painting by Enoch Bolles appeared on their September, 1933 edition with the title Worth Wading For. In an effort to make the most of the end of summer, a flirty modernist red headed bathing beauty flapper girl dares the cold water as she embarks on her first step in on a seaside frolic. Like many of Bolles's Film Fun covers this was re-licensed for calendar publication use by The Thos. D. Murphy Calendar Company of Red Oak Iowa in the late 1930s. The company made ink blotters and advertising brochures for some of their clients using these iconic pin-up girls but strangely they never made any large format calendars using the images. A complete issue of the magazine and a vintage advertising blotter for The Carpenter Paper Company of Los Angeles, California are included in the sale.

Detail

Detail

Verso view of relined back canvas and original pine stretcher bars

Verso view of relined back canvas and original pine stretcher bars

Painting is handsomely framed in an antique C. 1930 wide profile gesso'ed frame and ready to hang. We had the canvas cleaned and professionally relined as it was very thin and somewhat fragile--the painting is in a remarkable state of conservation, and just a defining example by one of the best pin-up artists of all time.



 

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