Perhaps the finest Rolf Armstrong original pastel ever offered for sale and one of only a hand full of nudes done by this iconic American illustrator. This original pastel was one of three nudes Armstrong did in the 1930’s. It was marketed as a calendar print titled, “Rosalie” as well as “Hollywood Venus.” This large, reclining nude was clearly a personal favorite of Armstrong’s. It hung on his studio walls throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s. It is a flowing sensual example of Armstrong’s mastery of the female form and femininity.
One of only several known surviving examples created during his short but prolific residency in Hollywood before returning to the familiarity of New York City and renewing his relationship with Brown & Bigelow.
Along with the painting, I am including an original framed calendar print and original photograph of this image from Armstrong’s failed Art Services Print Company. This is a large and monumental art deco masterwork by the Father of the American Pin-Up. With an expensive gallery frame, this pastel is in pristine condition with unfaded vibrant colors.