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The Art of Seduction

Gil Elvgren at work

Pinup girl art is something I am starting to collect. If I had to pick an artist that appeals to me the most I would have to say Gil Evgren. Some people might think this sort of art is a little too risky or inappropriate. I respect that. But with art it is all in the eye of the beholder. To me this is a huge example of Americana and a beautiful one at that. I love how the images are tasteful and not smutty in any way. There is a sort of innocence to the women depicted. I also love the era they are portrayed in. Pinup art started sometime in the 1930 and grew in popularity. There has been a resurgence in interest in this art because it is so timeless.This picture shows his models posing for his art. It is great to see his inspiration.

The process

Here are a few examples of Gil’s work.

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"A Near Miss"

"Out of this World"

"The Finishing Touch"

"Skirts Ahoy"

"Jill Needs Jack"

"I've Been Spotted"

Here are two that I just acquired.

"Just the Type"

"Disturbing Elements"

4 responses »

  1. Ok – you had me at “Pin-Up”. I am SO IN LOVE with the pinup style. The clothing style suits me and I try to copy it with a 2011 bent in most of my styles. I also work on the make-up look and the head scarf look. You can see an example here…..

    I LOVE Rosie the Riveter from that era, as well. I, too, collect pinup art but don’t have a place to use it right now (I am full time in a VERY small space.) I can’t wait to see what you and Mel start collecting!!!

    Have a great day!


  2. Oh I ADORE pinup art – it is so sexy/classy. But pretty risque in it’s time – some are pretty naughty. But they’re just so darn adorable. I collected so many online when I was setting up our website. Our logo is one of my favorites. I wish I had the real ones! Thanks for showcasing these Shane. Keep us posted on any new ones you get so we can drool! Sherry….adorable picture of you! We have a couple of “retro” girls that keep an eye out at our spaces because we generally like to keep vintage slips & bras when we can find them. The gals are so cute! They remind me of Betty Page (now THERE’S a naughty girl for ya! Whew! ;- )



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