The Maid by Peter Driben
The Maid by Peter Driben

The Maid

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

An alluring and sexy pinup girl illustration of a raven haired beauty outfitted in a most revealing maids uniform.

She has around her hair a a wide pink ribbon that ties down a floral like arrangement on the top of her head.

The white maids uniform has a deep v-cut at the center and is sleeveless, with just some top should flaring with ruffled red accents on it.

Along the sides near her hips are three cutout ovals that get progressively large from top to bottom and the pockets of the uniform that she has her hands tucked into have ruffled red trimming along the top edge.

She is sitting on the edge of a curved wooden beam, as she reveals her beautiful legs that covered in sheer black stockings just above her thigh, with an orange band on her left thigh; as well as wearing black opened toed high heel shoes.

The background of the image is a slight abstract red with fine orange outlines around her body.

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

Info Below From Wikipedia.org

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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