George Petty

George Petty

Art

Nationality: American

Birth Place: Louisiana (United States)

Biography:
Born in 1894 in Louisiana, American artist George Petty made pin-up art popular when his art first appeared in Esquire and True publications. He gave rise to the creation of the centerfold as some of his work was printed on two pages in the center of Esquire. His pin-up style was reproduced on the noses of the World War II fighter planes. Memphis Belle is an example of a reproduction of the "Petty Girls". His artwork has been reproduced for calendars and other print pieces.

His father, George III, was a photographer who made a living from selling portraits of young women and nudes. George IV showed promise in the art field when he became his school newspaper's artist, and his talent was noticed. He went on to study at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and began teaching other students. He learned how to use the airbrush when he worked in his father's studio. He then studied at Academie Julian in Paris until he was ordered home after the start of World War I. His return to Chicago landed him a job retouching photos with the airbrush and painting calendar girls as a freelancer.

The iconic Petty Girl has been seen in a number of magazines and calendars. In 1950, Tippi Hedren played a Petty Girl in her film debut in the movie of the same name. The Beatles used a Petty Girl on the cover of their Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

George Petty died on July 21, 1975.

 

George Petty Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975) Going Fishing, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, 1938 Gouache on paper 3...
GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975)Going Fishing, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, 1938Gouache on paper32 x 2... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 78291
Auction 5111
Sunday, October 14, 2012
$50,000.00
GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975) Petty Girl on the Phone, True magazine calendar pin-up Watercolor and gouache on bo...
GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975)Petty Girl on the Phone, True magazine calendar pin-upWatercolor and gouache on bo...
Lot 78128
Auction 5145
Saturday, October 26, 2013
$46,875.00
GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975) Pin Up, True Magazine, 1947 Watercolor on board 22.5 x 15 in. Signed lower right
GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975)Pin Up, True Magazine, 1947Watercolor on board22.5 x 15 in.Signed lower right...
Lot 96233
Auction 7016
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
$38,837.50
PETTY - A Portfolio from Esquire Second Edition (Esquire Inc., 1937)
PETTY - A Portfolio from Esquire Second Edition (Esquire Inc., 1937)....
Lot 11652
Auction 121745
Sunday, November 5, 2017
$131.45
George Petty (American, 1894-1975) Back Bend on Toes Ballet, Ice Capades, 1962 Watercolor on paper 16.5 x 22.5 in. (s
George Petty (American, 1894-1975)Back Bend on Toes Ballet, Ice Capades, 1962Watercolor on paper16.5 x 22.5 in. (s...
Lot 71122
Auction 5327
Friday, October 13, 2017
$27,500.00

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George Petty (American, 1894-1975) Orchadette, Ice Capades, 1945 Watercolor on board 14.5 x 10.75 in. (sight) Signed...
George Petty (American, 1894-1975) Orchadette, Ice Capades, 1945 Watercolor on board 14.5 x 10.75 in. (sight) Signed... (1)

Auction 5347
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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George Petty (American, 1894-1975) Pink Tuck Jump, Ice Capades, 1947 Watercolor on board 12.75 x 9.25 in. (sight) Si...
George Petty (American, 1894-1975) Pink Tuck Jump, Ice Capades, 1947 Watercolor on board 12.75 x 9.25 in. (sight) Si... (1)

Auction 5347
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975) True Magazine, three-page Petty Girl centerfold, December 1946 Mixed media on board 9...
GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975)True Magazine, three-page Petty Girl centerfold, December 1946Mixed media on board9.25 x 22 in.Signed upper left Don't t
Lot 87495
Auction 7015
Friday, May 7, 2010
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GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975) On the Phone Watercolor on board 18 x 25 in. Signed lower right  This classic Petty G...
GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975)On the PhoneWatercolor on board18 x 25 in.Signed lower right This classic Petty Girl was reproduced as figure 598 in
Lot 78239
Auction 5052
Saturday, February 12, 2011
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GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975) I Know What He Wants for Father's Day Out. I'm Going to Give Him Something to Wear, 1...
GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975)I Know What He Wants for Father's Day Out. I'm Going to Give Him Something to Wear, 1939Mixed media on board13 x 9 in.Signed low
Lot 78240
Auction 5052
Saturday, February 12, 2011
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