Fair and Warmer by Arnold Armitage
We are ecstatic to offer this never before on the market pin-up painting by artist Arnold Armitage. This piece was published in the late 1940s by The Louis F. Dow Calendar Company, St. Paul, Minnesota with the title "Fair and Warmer". The image also appeared on a trade stimulator punchcard with the title "Fireside Brat".
This is a large oil on canvas painting and is a defining example of pin-up art, and certainly one of the nicer offerings we have had!
Grapefruit Moon Gallery just unearthed a collection of new-to-the-market pin-up paintings that had previously been in a house in Saint Louis Park, MN since the 1970s!
This painting is in a fine state of conservation on original stretcher bars and has been recently cleaned and revarnished.
About the artist: Arnold Armitage
Arnold Armitage (1899-1991) was a British-born artist and illustrator, best known for his work with pin-up art. He moved to the United States around 1925 and settled in Hollywood, California, working for the Foster and Kleiser Company, which produced billboards. During the 1930s, he developed a reputation as a designer specializing in billboards, and he designed many of these for American corporations.
About 1940, Armitage began a series of "pretty girl" paintings for the calendar market. While not strictly pin-ups, these works were very reminiscent of the work of Gil Elvgren. Armitage's pretty girls were well received in both the United States and England.