|Welcome Gil Elvgren Pinup Fans!
Thanks for stopping by the most popular Gil Elvgren website on the internet!
My goal is to provide my visitors a fun place to view a complete list of Gil Elvgren's pinup girls from his early
years working for the Louis F. Dow company through his years working as a calendar artist with Brown &
Bigelow. Please note this website is simply here as a dedication to Gil Elvgren and is not intended to infringe
on any trademarks or copyrights.
ElvgrenPinup.com is the most comprehensive site for Gil Elvgren fans. As many of you would agree it is
important to keep Elvgren's artwork accessible not only to those of us who have been fans for many years, but
to those wishing to learn more about the man, the art and the era of the Great American Pinup Girl.
I wish to keep Elvgren's artwork alive by sharing what I've learned over the years and offering information on
where to browse on the Internet for other great offerings of interest to Elvgren fans and aficionados alike.
Of course, the world's foremost authority on Gil Elvgren is none other than Louis K. Meisel. Louis and Charles G.
Martignette are the authors of several books on Elvgren and Pinup Artwork in general. If you're new to the
vintage pinup world, their books are "must haves!"
*My thanks to Lou Meisel of GilElvgren.com for providing the list of titles offered in our Gallery of pinup girls.
A Brief History on Gil Elvgren
Some of the information below is from Wikipedia
The Free Web Encyclopedia:
A handful of American artists would lift the pinup calendar to its greatest heights. Among those, Alberto
Vargas, George Petty, Rolf Armstrong, Zoe Mozert, Earl Moran and to the one and only Gil Elvgren.
Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914-February 29, 1980), born Gillette Elvgren, was an American painter of pin-up girls,
advertising and illustration. Elvgren lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 1970s. Today he
is best known for his pin-up paintings for Brown & Bigelow.
Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. In addition, he
was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the feminine, but he wasn't limited to the
calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early "pretty girl" illustrators, such as Charles Dana
Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy. Other influences included the Brandywine School
founded by Howard Pyle.
Elvgren was a commercial success. His clients ranged from Brown & Bigelow and Coca-Cola to General Electric
and Sealy Mattress Company. In addition, during the 1940s and 1950s he illustrated stories for a host of
magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping.
Although best known for his pin-ups, his work for Coca-Cola and others depicted typical Americans — ordinary
people doing everyday things. The women Elvgren painted were never the femme fatale, the female
adventuress, or somebody's mistress. They are the girl next door whose charms are innocently revealed in that
fleeting instant when she is caught unaware in what might be an embarrassing situation.
I recommend reading Charles Martignette's story on Gil Elvgren for a comprehensive look into his life. Go to
Lou Meisel's site.
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