Miss Peru

Artist:Ted Withers
Date:1959
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size: 16" x 23" Framed: 27 1/2" x 34 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Published Pin-up Calendar Art
Price:$8,500.00 -- on hold --
Detail

Detail

The artist's signature lower middle

The artist's signature lower middle

A vintage May 1959 calendar page of artwork included in sale

A vintage May 1959 calendar page of artwork included in sale

Ted Withers created this spirited painting for a "Girls From Foreign Shores" themed 12-page pin-up calendar. The artwork graced the month of May, alongside added sketchbook elements and layout text describing the charms and abundant allure of "Miss Peru," as she was called. The sketchbook style pin-up was invented by Earl MacPherson and adopted by a number of artists, including Joyce Ballantyne, T.N. Thompson, Fritz Willis, K.O. Munson, Freeman Elliot, and Ted Withers. In a typical sketchbook pin-up, one full color central image, executed in oil or pastel, would appear surrounded by other, smaller line drawings that hinted at the artist's process. Quite often, as in this case, the painting would be created on its own, and the sketches drawn on a separate clear transparency sheet, which would be overlaid on the painting for reproduction use creating the final calendar page. The overlays were typically discarded after print usage.

Framed and matted under glass view

Framed and matted under glass

Detail

Detail

Frame corner profile

Frame corner profile

This painting appears in the Taschen published The Great American Pin-Up as a full page color plate on page 714 and was previously owned by the author Charles Martignette.



 

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