A deliriously fresh published Petty Girl mixed media pin-up illustration from 1937 that appeared in the pages of Esquire magazine with the quip “He doesn’t smoke and he doesn’t drink – I don’t know what I’ll do to amuse him”. A masterful rendering of a sexy modernist redhead who is clearly styled after Bette Davis. She is shown in a revealing diaphanous purple gown that leaves little to the imagination, holding court in a sparse art deco interior with travertine table and the frequently employed as a prop telephone. This image also appears in Petty – A Portfolio From Esquire; a complete folio is included in the sale.
Long time visitors to this website might recall that Grapefruit Moon Gallery sold this painting in April of 2014. We are pleased to have the chance to offer it again. By all accounts just a defining example of The Petty Girl.