This is a fabulous example of Gil Elvgren's pin-up work for the Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company of Saint Paul, MN. This was created and published in 1955 with the title of Welcome Traveler and is one of the finest Elvgren paintings this gallery has offered. A pretty redhead perched on a tweed suitcase dries her eyes with her frilly silk undergarments at a train station, capturing a moment that is pure and fun American pin-up. The painting is in a fine state of conservation and has been relined and handsomely framed.
Signature: Signed lower left
"Welcome Traveler: A Pin Up Journey:" 122 Gallery, Minnesota 2014
Full page color-plate in "The Art of Pin Up" (Taschen, 2014).
About Gil Elvgren
Considered one of the most important pin-up painters of the 20th century, Gil Elvgren created iconic images of the all-American feminine ideal. From the mid 1930s through 1972, Elvgren produced over 500 oil paintings for commercial use, including illustrations for Coca-Cola, calendars, major magazines, and advertising agencies. A protégé of Haddon Sundblom, Elvgren drew from the tradition of “pretty girl” illustrations, depicting women as sexualized and domesticated consumers of household goods and embodying the American dream of a comfortable family lifestyle. Elvgren’s work influenced many other pin-up artists, including Mel Ramos and John Kacere.
American, 1914-1980, St. Paul, Minnesota