A recently unearthed original pastel on illustration board, this never before seen artwork by Earl Moran was created for the Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company. The model is of course the young Blue Book agency pin up model Norma Jeane Baker, who later transformed herself into Marilyn Monroe.
Monroe posed for Moran during the late 1940s and a pictorial of this collaboration appears in the July 2008 issue of Playboy Magazine. This pastel is a warm and radiant portrait of Monroe gazing seductively from a lush tropical moonlit setting. We are thrilled to be offering this monumental work.
Our research leads us to believe that this was created for Brown & Bigelow’s Latin American audience, (another pastel by Moran featuring Monroe which was created for the the Latin Market and marketed under the title “Consentida” was sold by the Gallery a few years back.) This work bears the verso Brown & Bigelow inventory label.
This rich and colorful image is an exciting “lost work” by one of the leading pin up artists of the 20th century, and a a defining look at the radiant Marilyn Monroe in a tropical paradise. Pastel is nicely framed and properly lined and ready to display in your home or gallery.