Maid In Muskegon

Artist:Ben-Hur Baz
Date:1950s
Medium:Gouache on illustration board
Dimensions:Sight Size 16" x 20 1/2" Framed 21" x 25 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Calendar Art
Price:Sold
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The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

A calendar print of the image titled - Maid In Muskegon

A calendar print of the image titled - Maid In Muskegon

An iconic and rare surviving pin-up painting by Ben-Hur Baz which was published as a calendar with the title Maid In Muskegon. The image shows a strawberry blonde hot number seductively posed in a strapless bikini ala Marilyn Monroe. This artist did several pin-ups very closely based on the notorious Hollywood blonde bombshell, but it is unlikely that Marilyn actually ever sat for Baz. The title plays off of a line of pin up images Earl Moran created as exclusive advertising for the American Hammond Piston Ring Company on behalf of Brown & Bigelow. This series, called Maid In Baltimore in an homage to American Hammond's base of operation, always featured a model in a yellow swimsuit--and many featured a young Norma Jeane Baker who sat frequently for Earl Moran during her Blue-Book modeling days before her metamorphosis into Marilyn Monroe. This gouache on board is a recent Erie Pennsylvania estate find, the painting has been linen-lined and nicely framed under glass.

Framed view

Framed view

Verso view before framing

Verso view before framing

Frame corner profile

Frame corner profile

Ben-Hur Baz was a gifted pin-up and glamour artist who became well known in the late 1940s and early 1950s for his association with Esquire magazine. Beginning in 1946, he painted pin-ups for that publication's Gallery of Glamour and later contributed to their calendars and monthly centerfolds as well. Painting is in a fine state of conservation and handsomely framed and linen lined and ready to enjoy.

Born in Mexico in 1906, Baz was extremely prolific. Aside from pin-up and Glamour art, he provided story illustrations to mainstream magazines, worked on various national advertising campaigns, and was a successful paperback novel cover artist.



 

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