The Vault Is Closed by Gil Elvgren
The Vault Is Closed by Gil Elvgren

The Vault Is Closed

The Vault Is Closed by American Painter Gil Elvgren (1914 – 1980; painter, illustrator and pin-up girl artist.

A sexy redhead stands on the sidewalk beside a bank with a large brass bank deposit box embedded in its large block stone wall, only to find out that the box is closed; so what’s a girl to do.

Well the next best thing; place her cash in between her right front thigh and her dark brown stocking that is being held in place by a ruffled white garter belt, that we can see as she lifts up her long blue dress to reveal her pink slip and sexy legs.

She is also wearing large red hat with a black border that matches her luminescent red hair, a white necklace, a blue dress with white trimming along the perimeter, white gloves, blue-grey high heel shoes and a red handbag.

The Vault Is Closed is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print, acrylic print, wood print and metal 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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