Rolf Armstrong

Rolf Armstrong


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Bay City (Bay county, Michigan, United States)

Rolf Armstrong is one of those famous American pin-up artists who created an array of amazing art work, portraits, and sketches. He was born to Richard and Harriet Armstrong on April 21, 1889. Later, the family moved to Detroit where Rolf spent most of his childhood. He started taking interest in art and paintings at a very young age. In 1919, Rolf decided to visit Paris to study art and literature. He made another trip to Paris later that same year to study at Académie Julian.

After finishing his studies, he returned to New York and started his own art studio. In a very short period of time, he became quite popular for his unique and outstanding pin-up art creations. During the 1920s and 1930s, a number of his works appeared on covers of popular magazines and sheets of music. Later, he became famous for making celebrity portraits. Some of his notable celebrity portraits include Greta Garbo, Boris Karloff, and Mary Pickford.

In 1921, Rolf Armstrong took up a course at Minneapolis to learn more about calendar art production. He studied this at Brown & Bigelow. In 1926, Armstrong’s work was widely popular throughout magazines and calendars. Later in 1927, he became one of the most popular calendar artists. During the early 1930s, he was hired by RCA to create calendar paint pin-ups exclusively for their advertisements. In 1960, Rolf Armstrong took his last breath on the Oahu Island of Hawaii. Even today, he is one of the best pin-up artists in our country.


Rolf Armstrong Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960) The Enchantress, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration Oil on canvas 80 x 6...
ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960)The Enchantress, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustrationOil on canvas80 x 60 in....
Lot 78042
Auction 5145
Saturday, October 26, 2013
ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960) Twinkle Toes, 1947 Pastel on masonite 40 x 29 in. Signed lower center
ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960)Twinkle Toes, 1947Pastel on masonite40 x 29 in.Signed lower center...
Lot 78005
Auction 5126
Friday, April 12, 2013
ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960) The Enchantress, pin-up illustration Oil on canvas 80 x 60 in. Signed lower rig
ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960)The Enchantress, pin-up illustrationOil on canvas80 x 60 in.Signed lower rig...
Lot 87046
Auction 5034
Thursday, February 18, 2010
After Rolf Armstrong (American, 1889-1960) Twinkle Toes Calendar, 1950 Lithograph in colors 30.25 x 16 in. Signed in
After Rolf Armstrong (American, 1889-1960)Twinkle Toes Calendar, 1950Lithograph in colors30.25 x 16 in.Signed in...
Lot 71203
Auction 5327
Friday, October 13, 2017
Rolf Armstrong (American, 1889-1960) Portrait of Jewel Flowers Pastel on board 21.5 x 15.5 in. (sight) Signed lower
Rolf Armstrong (American, 1889-1960)Portrait of Jewel FlowersPastel on board21.5 x 15.5 in. (sight)Signed lower ...
Lot 71037
Auction 5291
Friday, May 12, 2017

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ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960) Try This (Cowgirl with Lasso) Pastel on board 22.5 x 27.5 in. Signed lower right  T...
ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960)Try This (Cowgirl with Lasso)Pastel on board22.5 x 27.5 in.Signed lower right This drawing was reproduced on page 207
Lot 78008
Auction 5052
Saturday, February 12, 2011
ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960) Pin-Up with Collie Dog Charcoal on paper 20.25 x 27.25 in. (image) Signed and inscr...
ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960)Pin-Up with Collie DogCharcoal on paper20.25 x 27.25 in. (image)Signed and inscribed lower right
Lot 78006
Auction 5126
Friday, April 12, 2013

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