A dazzling Hollywood glamour pastel portrait of the always radiant Carole Lombard by Zoe Mozert used as the cover for the April 1936 edition of Screen Book Magazine. This published cover illustration is signed lower right and matted behind glass in its original limed wood and black enamel painted art deco moderne frame. Really a fine example of Hollywood golden age portraiture by the prolific Mozert who was a much in demand 1930s Hollywood cover artist before settling into a long and illustrious career as a pin up calendar artist for The Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company.
The exquisitely beautiful Carole Lombard was married to Clark Gable and tragically died in an airplane crash in 1942 long before her time.
The most famous female pin up artist, Mozert (1907-1993), is an exemplary disciple of the Rolf Armstrong pastel style. Often her own model, Mozert is noted for rejecting sexy-girl cliches in favor of depicting more real-seeming young women, with recognizably individual features and personalities.
Her cover portraits of Hollywood starlets for such publications as Romantic Movie Stories and Screen Book were particularly popular, but she also contributed covers to such periodicals as American Weekly and True Confessions.
While the bulk of her work including such deliriously romantic nudes as “Moonglow” and “Sweet Dreams” was calendar-oriented (primarily for Brown & Bigelow), Mozert also made a mark as a movie poster artist, notably for Carole Lombard’s True Confession, and the notorious Jane Russell / Howard Hughes sex and sagebrush saga, The Outlaw. Even her less sultry sirens exude both charm and sex appeal.