Golden Beauty by Gil Elvgren
Golden Beauty by Gil Elvgren

Golden Beauty

Golden Beauty c1957 by American Painter Gil Elvgren (1914 – 1980); painter, illustrator and pin-up girl artist.

This is a stunningly beautiful portrait nude of a young blonde that is sitting on a stool that is draped in a very large green fabric that also covers the wall behind and to the sides of her as well as the floor.

She is looking down off to her right side with her left forearm tucked under her breast, with her left hand resting on her outstretched right elbow that has the fingers of her right hand placed on her left knee; with a red rose between her fingers.

Wrapped around her arms in front of her is a black negligee that drapes behind her left leg and under it, on top of her right leg and covering her left foot that is positioned underneath her right leg; before it flows onto the floor.

Just below her seated position are three other red roses, as well as rose petals that are laying on the fabric in front of her.

She is beautifully illuminated by a warm light on her right side that comes from above, giving her a nice warm glow; while the light gives the fabric behind her yellow accents throughout its many folds and overlaps.

Golden Beauty is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available for purchase as a rolled print online.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Gillette A. Elvgren was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended University High School. After graduation, he began studying art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

He later moved to Chicago to study at the American Academy of Art, and graduated from the Academy during the great depression, at the age of twenty-two.

After graduation Elvgren joined the stable of artists at Stevens and Gross, Chicago’s most prestigious advertising agency, and became a protégé of the artist Haddon Sundblom.

In 1937, Gil began painting calendar pin-ups for Louis F. Dow, one of America’s leading publishing companies, during which time he created about 60 pin-up girl works on 22″ × 28″ canvas and distinguished them by a printed signature.

Many of his pin-ups were reproduced as nose art on military aircraft during World War II; and it was around this time in 1944, that Elvgren was approached by the Brown and Bigelow Publishing Company; a firm that still dominates the field in producing calendars, advertising specialties and promotional merchandise.

The next year from 1945 until 1972, Elvgren was associated with the Brown & Bigelow publishing company, and began working with 24 inch by 30 inch canvases, a format that he would use for the next 30 years, and signed his work in cursive.

Elvgren was a commercial success. He lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to the 1970s. In 1951 he began painting in a studio in his home, then in Winnetka, Illinois, using an assistant to set up lighting, build props and scenes, photograph sets, and prepare his paints.

His clients included well known companies like Brown and Bigelow, Coca-Cola, General Electric and the Sealy Mattress Company, to name a few. In addition, during the 1940s and 1950s he illustrated stories for a host of magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping.

Among the models and Hollywood legends Elvgren painted during his career included Myrna Hansen, Donna Reed, Barbara Hale, Arlene Dahl, Lola Albright and Kim Novak.

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