Choosing Her Man by George Petty
Choosing Her Man by George Petty

Choosing Her Man

Choosing Her Man by American Painter George Brown Petty IV (1894 – 1975); Magazine Illustrator and Pinup Artist of the 1930s, 40s and 50s

This is an elegant and glamorous art deco illustration of a young blonde woman (that appears to be Betty Davis), in two piece white silk evening dress that flow all the way to the floor trailing her feet by about a yard.

The blouse like upper portion has a large and thick ring collar with a similar form along the bottom edge that loops at the center and fits just above the waist; with open shoulders on the sides, and long sleeves with cuffs that cover her hands.

Attached to her hair is a very sheer and long kerchief that is multi-layered and reaches down to her thighs.

Though her body is in a frontal view, her head is turned to the side with her left hand close to her face; while in her right hand is a portrait of a gentlemen she has selected from the four portraits that are hanging on the wall, with her face occupying the empty space.

The background color is white, interrupted by a dark gray disc, that is composed of an inner white ring and outer black ring.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

George Petty’s first came to public attention during his high school years, where he was the staff artist for the school newspaper.

While going to high school George enrolled for night classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Ruth VanSickle Ford.

While at the academy George taught his own drawing course, charging his classmates five dollars per session; as well as working in his father’s photography shop where he learned the skill of using an airbrush.

Later George went to Paris and studied at the Académie Julian with Jean-Paul Laurens and others until 1916, when World War I broke out, which caused ambassador Myron T. Herrick, to order all Americans to leave Paris and return to the United States.

After returning to the United States, George worked as an airbrush retoucher at a local printing company in Chicago; later establishing himself as a freelance artist, painting calendar girls and magazine covers for The Household; and by 1926 he had opened his own studio.

George is especially known for the Petty Girl series of pin-up girl paintings he did for Esquire Publications, from the autumn of 1933 through 1956.

George frequently depicted his pin-up girls with relatively long legs, and relatively smaller heads than that of his actual models.

His work primarily appeared in Esquire and Fawcett Publication’s – True also known as True, The Man’s Magazine; but was also in calendars marketed by Esquire, True and the Ridgid Tool Company of North Ridgeville Ohio, which was founded in 1923.

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