Earl Moran's Harum-Scarum
Grapefruit Moon Gallery is delighted to offer Harum-Scarum, an original 1948 pastel created for the Brown & Bigelow calendar company. The image features a colorful cheesecake pin-up take on a classically inspired harem girl. The model for this artwork was a young Marilyn Monroe, who worked frequently with Earl Moran during her Blue Book modeling days.
A vintage Brown & Bigelow print of the artwork is included in the sale, and the work is beautifully framed and properly lined under glass. Works of this magnitude by Moran rarely come on the market and this is a unique opportunity to own a fantastic piece of American cultural history.
Marilyn Monroe as model
Marilyn Monroe was a frequent pin up model for photographers and illustrators in the late 1940s, and her cheesecake photographs appeared in magazines frequently in the years when she was working under the name Norma Jeane Baker. Her stratospheric rise to movie stardom was in part due to her work during these days. When a nude photograph of the actress taken by Tom Kelly for calendar publication re-emerged, she embraced the controversy and became an early face of the sexual revolution. The photograph would then appear as the centerfold the first issue of Playboy Magazine in 1953.