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    ROLF ARMSTRONG (American 1889 - 1960)
    Song of India
    Oil on canvas
    80 x 60 in.
    Signed lower right
    Rolf Armstrong's glowing portraits of gorgeous film stars and vivacious girls-next-door soon established him one of the best paid commercial artists in America. Often dubbed the "Father of Pinup Art," his very first calendar pinup, created in 1919, set a new standard for the depiction of feminine charm for over forty years. Armstrong's art is imbued with grace, vibrancy, and life, and as a result, his work is experiencing a renaissance of interest world-wide. Armstrong originals are attracting an ever-growing number of glamour art collectors.

    This sublime scene first appeared as a calendar print, and this spectacular painting was recently reproduced on page 209 of Pin-Up Dreams: The Glamour Art of Rolf Armstrong by Janet Dobson and Michael Wooldridge, Watson Guptill Publications, 2001.

    More information about ROLF ARMSTRONG, also known as Armstrong, Rolf, Rolf Armstrong.

    Condition Report*: The piece has been framed to an overall size of 88 x 68 in., and the art is in Excellent condition
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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    5th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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