Swingin' Sweetie

Artist:Gil Elvgren
Date:1968
Medium:Oil on stretched canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 24" X 30" Framed 32" X 38"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Pin Up Art For The Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company
Price:Sold
Full view

Full view

The artist's signature

The artist's signature

Detail

Detail

This original published pin-up painting by Gil Elvgren appeared as a 1968 Brown & Bigelow calendar with the title "Swingin' Sweetie". A classic offering from the very tail end of the pin-up craze when the summer of love swept in a new style that wreaked havoc on earlier presentations of pin-up girl femininity. While some artists tried to respond to the changes in culture by making their paintings increasingly explicit, or creating gimmicky visions of futuristic space girls, Elvgren continued presenting classic visions of girl next door sensuality. This double entendre-laden cheesecake scene shows a rockabilly-styled, full-skirted model exposing her stockings and garters to wild effect as she plays in a rubber tire tree swing. The painting is in a pristine state of conservation and comes from the estate of noted pioneering pin-up historian, collector and author Charles Martignette who in 1996 co-wrote The Great American Pin-Up, the first comprehensive look at American pin-up art.

As featured in The Great American Pin-up book from the collection of the author Charles Martignette as shown here.

As featured in The Great American Pin-Up from the collection of the author Charles Martignette.

Verso view of pristine untouched back canvas and stretcher bars

Verso view of pristine untouched back canvas and stretcher bars

Framed view in handsome contemporary gallery frame.

Framed view in handsome contemporary gallery frame.



 

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