A dazzling and erotic oil on canvas by Earl Moran of the platinum bombshell Marilyn Monroe in the nude. Dated 1960 on verso stretcher bar, and marked “Aaron Brothers #646″on back of canvas. During the 1940’s a radiant Norma Jean was Earl Moran’s favorite pin up model and a number of Brown & Bigelow Calendar works were commissioned featuring the then unknown red headed pin-up model. Earl Moran left the hectic schedule and deadlines of a calendar illustrator in the late 1950’s and moved to California and started working in oils and created a series of boudoir themed erotically charged nude works that sold to patrons of the arts through an arrangement with The Aaron Brothers Galleries.
In this 1960 work the icon is captured as Hollywood’s “platinum bombshell” and whatever wholesomeness that existed in earlier Moran / Marilyn depictions gives way to a dramatic sexual urgency and erotic Playboy Centerfold pose.