Danger

Artist:Ruth Deckard
Date:1940s
Medium:Oil on Stretched canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 24" by 30" Framed to 27" by 33"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Published Calendar Pin-up Art
Price:$8500.00
Full view

Full view

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

A vintage published calendar pin-up print of the painting (included in sale)

A vintage published calendar pin-up print of the painting (included in sale)

A rare surviving 1940s calendar published pin-up oil painting by the prolific Chicago area female illustrator Ruth Deckard, which appeared with the title of Danger. Making a classic "ooh" face, a luscious blonde sits on a sawhorse pulling a nail from her shoe at a construction site, a classic situational pin-up leg show scene. The word "danger", painted in red on the beam behind her seems to reference both the construction site and the femme fatale herself. These sort of noir-inspired scenes evoked Hollywood film stars such as Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth, who brought a dangerous sophistication to the pin-up ideal. The artist typically signed her pin-ups with the lone word Deckard, as is seen here in the lower right corner, which allowed viewers to assume this was the work of a male illustrator.

Framed view in gorgeous silver gallery frame

Framed view in gorgeous silver gallery frame

Frame corner profile

Frame corner profile

Verso view of old canvas on original stretcher bars

Verso view of old canvas on original stretcher bars

Ruth Deckard was an American pinup artist, known only as Deckard for many years and thought to be a man. It wasn't until The Great American Pin-up was published in 1996 that the world knew she was a woman. She was a Chicago-based artist. Most of her paintings were published by Louis F. Dow Co. of St. Paul, Minnesota. She painted from the mid-1930s into the 1950s. Her art was not as refined as Alberto Vargas or Petty, but it had a great appeal to the masses. One of her most popular images was a painting previously sold at Grapefruit Moon Gallery, titled Pin Cushion, with a woman lying on her back with a white top and skirt, her legs draped over the top of a round cushion, and four bowling pins leaned against the cushion.



 

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