DescriptionGIL ELVGREN (1914-1980)
Original Pin-up Art
Claws for Alarm (Rude Awakening: Caught in a Pinch), 1958
Oil on linen
30in. x 24in. (sight size)
Signed middle left
This playful platinum blonde bears more than a passing resemblance to Marilyn Monroe. The expression on the young lady's face is priceless and really sells the gag. This painting is reproduced on page 113, figure 263 of Gil Elvgren: All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups. Elvgren's handling of light and reflected color shows the influence of his mentor, Haddon Sundblom.
There are a few surface stains at the left and right edges of the canvas, but they do not affect the central image.
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