Purple Orchid by Zoe Mozert Vintage Poster Art
Purple Orchid by Zoe Mozert Vintage Poster Art

Purple Orchid

Purple Orchid by American Painter Zoe Mozert [Alice Adelaide Moser] (1907 – 1993); Portraitist, Pinup Artist and Pun-up Model.

This is a striking glamour girl pinup illustration portrait of a fun loving beautiful young brunette with a captivating smile, sitting on a burgundy arm chair.

She is all decked out in a dark green off shoulder evening dress with matching long sleeve evening gloves and a classic brown mink stole.

She is wearing gold earrings and a matching gold chain and pendant necklace, and is holding a in her hands a square pattern gold colored clutch with a green gemstone accent; and on her right arm is a purple orchid with burgundy and gold accent ribbons.

For the background of this portrait is a splash of red, pink, orange, lime green and yellow tones that match the lighting hues that are reflecting of her skin.

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

Information Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

In 1925 Zoë began her studies at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, where she studied under Thornton Oakley, a former student of Howard Pyle; to pay for her art education she would model to raise money for her tuition.

During her art career, Mozert painted hundreds of magazine covers and movie posters; frequently using herself as the model of her illustrations, using cameras or mirrors to capture the pose.

In 1941, publishers Brown & Bigelow purchased Mozert’s first nude artwork and signed her to an exclusive calendar contract; and during World War II, her pin-up series for the company, called Victory Girls, was published both in calendar and mutoscope-card form.

In 1946, Mozert created the publicity poster for Republic Pictures’ Calendar Girl, a movie about the Gibson Girl; and later that same year, she painted the pinups for the Errol Flynn comedy Never Say Goodbye, in which Flynn played a pinup artist (She also created the illustrations shown in the movie’s opening credits.) .

By 1950, Mozert had become one of the “big four” illustrators nationally, along with Rolf Armstrong, Earl Moran and Gil Elvgren; with her paintings being best known for their pastel style and realistic depiction of women.

Some of Zoë’s most famous works include the poster for Paramount Pictures True Confession starring Carole Lombard, the poster for the Howard Hughes film The Outlaw starring Jane Russell, and her most popular image being Song of the Desert c1950.

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