Originally conceived to advertise burlesque performers, pinup art came to represent the inspiring personalities of particularly beautiful, desirable women.
Gil Elvgren built an empire from his sassy, classic images that have adorned everything from the noses of wartime planes to calendars, soda bottles, and magazines. Grab some pencils and continue the tradition with this amazing coloring book of more than forty timeless classics by a master of the art style. To complete your adventure into the adult coloring book world don't forget to pick up some NPW 50/50 Two-tone Colored Pencils so you can start coloring as soon as the package arrives. This set makes a great gift for people love and even some you don't ;)
Author: Gil Elvgren
Publisher: Taschen Publishing
Included: 47 pages
A handful of American artists would lift the pinup calendar to its greatest heights. Among those, Alberto Vargas, George Petty, Rolf Armstrong, Zoe Mozert, Earl Moran and to the one and only Gil Elvgren.
Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914-February 29, 1980), born Gillette Elvgren, was an American painter of pin-up girls, advertising and illustration. Elvgren lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 1970s. Today he is best known for his pin-up paintings for Brown & Bigelow.
Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. In addition, he was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the feminine, but he wasn't limited to the calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early "pretty girl" illustrators, such as Charles Dana Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy. Other influences included the Brandywine School founded by Howard Pyle.
Elvgren was a commercial success. His clients ranged from Brown & Bigelow and Coca-Cola to General Electric and Sealy Mattress Company. In addition, during the 1940s and 1950s he illustrated stories for a host of magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping.
Although best known for his pin-ups, his work for Coca-Cola and others depicted typical Americans — ordinary people doing everyday things. The women Elvgren painted were never the femme fatale, the female adventuress, or somebody's mistress. They are the girl next door whose charms are innocently revealed in that fleeting instant when she is caught unaware in what might be an embarrassing situation.