Chocolate Delights by Peter Driben
Chocolate Delights by Peter Driben

Chocolate Delights

Chocolate Delights by American Painter Peter Driben (1903 – 1968); painter, illustrator and one of the most prolific pin-up artist of the 1940s and 1950s.

Chocolate Delights is a pin-up girl fashion portrait of a beautiful redhead with greenish white flowers in her hair, wearing an aqua green satin dress and open toes red shoes.

She is laying back, resting her head on a round green leather cushion, eating her chocolate delights from a round red open box of chocolates; wearing a smile of pure delight.

Chocolate Delights is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

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Peter Driben was born in Boston, and he studied at Vesper George Art School before moving to Paris in 1925. While taking classes at the Sorbonne in 1925, he began a series of highly popular pen-and-ink drawings of the city’s showgirls.

In March of 1934 Driben created his first known pin-up which was the cover to La Paree Stories; and by 1935, he was producing covers for Snappy, Pep, New York Nights, French Night Life and Caprice.

As Driben’s popularity continued to rise in the late thirties he created more covers for other periodicals including Silk Stocking Stories, Movie Merry-Go-Round and Real Screen Fun.

Driben’s career expanded into advertising when he moved to New York in late 1936. Here he created original three-dimensional die-cut window displays for Philco Radios, Cannon Bath Towels, and the Weber Baking Company.

Perhaps his most famous work being the original posters and publicity artwork for The Maltese Falcon. Peter Driben was also a close friend of publisher Robert Harrison, and in 1941 he was contracted to produce covers for Harrison’s new magazine Beauty Parade.

From there Peter went on to paint hundreds of covers for that publication and for the other seven titles Harrison was to launch – Flirt, Whisper, Titter, Wink, Eyeful, Giggles, and Joker.

Driben would often have as many as six or seven of his covers being published every month. Driben’s work for Harrison established him as one of America’s most recognized and successful pin-up and glamour artists. Just before he began to work for Harrison, Driben married the artist, actress and poet, Louise Kirby.

In 1944 he was offered the unusual opportunity, for a pin-up artist; that was to become the art director of the New York Sun, a post he retained until 1946. During the war, his popular painting of American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima sparked a considerable amount of media attention.

In 1956, Driben and Louise moved to Miami Beach, where he spent his retirement years painting portraits (including one of Dwight D. Eisenhower) and other fine-art works, which were organized into successful exhibitions by his wife. Driben died in 1968, Louise in 1984.

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