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Elvgren was a commercial success. He lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 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. (Read more)
Artist and illustrator Gil Elvgren painted an all-American brand of “cheesecake” pictures of sexy, idealised calendar girls during the advertising heyday of the Fifties and Sixties.
Along with Alberto Vargas and George Petty, Elvgren created an era of sensual, hyper-feminine images.
Elvgren Girls are always beautiful, with an expression of innocent surprise as something beyond their control, such as a breeze, lifts their skirts to give an eyeful of shapely legs in stockings and suspenders.
These women, with their nipped-in waists, D-cup busts, long legs (always in heels), big blue eyes with pouting red lips, both catered to and informed the desires of American men for 40 years.
Yet these larger-than-life beauties weren’t dredged from Elvgren’s fantasies but from real life. (Read more)