The Hollywood Venus

Artist:Rolf Armstrong
Medium:Pastel on Sandboard
Dimensions:Sight Size 29 1/2" x 41" Framed 37" x 47"
Original Use:Calendar Art
Price: S O L D
Above: The Hollwood Venus
Above: Detail of fine pastel work
Above: Detail

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.

Above: The artists signature ( Note "Hollywood" )
Above: Armstrong Art Services Brochure circa 1939
Above: Polynesian Themed Party at Armstrong's Studio 1945 (note painting on back wall)
Above: Artist's New York Address on Verso in Armstrong's hand
Above: Original 8" X 10" Armstrong Art Services 1930's Photograph of image included with sale.
Above: Full Image in Silver Gesso Frame


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