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Classic Pin-Up Art by Harry Ekman, Pearl Frush, Joyce Ballantyne and Zoë Mozert

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Published on Sep 29, 2010

Joyce Ballantyne was a noteworthy member of the "girl's club" among pin-up artists - her women were often more natural than the studiously coy poses of her male counterparts. she became part of a group of artists who were extremely close, both professionally and personally, including Gil Elvgren, Earl Gross, Al Moore, Coby Whitmore, Thornton Utz, and Al Buell. She was also to become one of the three best known female pin-artists of the period along with Pearl Frush and Zoë Mozert.

As one of the top three women pin-up and glamour artists in the calendar art market at mid-century, Pearl Frush readily commanded the respect of the art directors, publishers, sales managers, and printers with whom she worked. Yet because she worked primarily in watercolour and gouache, her originals could rarely be reproduced in large enough quantities for her to achieve widespread popular acclaim. A close examination of her work, however, reveals a talent for meticulously realistic images comparable to those of the far better known Alberto Vargas.

Zoë Mozert was the most famous female pin-up artist of her day and is noted for rejecting sexy-girl clichés in favour of depicting "real" young women, with recognizably individual features and personalities.

A Chicago artist, Harry Ekman worked side by side with fellow Sundblom shop veteran Gil Elvgren, developing a lush style in oils uncannily like that of his mentor. His girls have the same fresh, wholesome glow as Elvgren's, and are seen in such typical Elvgren situations as bicycling, wading, and walking the dog.

Song from Frank "Ol' Blue Eyes" Sinatra: Dancing Cheek to Cheek.

Images are courtesy of http://www.thepinupfiles.com.

Software used: Windows Movie Maker

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