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    GIL ELVGREN (American, 1914-1980)
    Cee Bee (to Hold) (Fascinating Figures), 1953
    Oil on canvas board
    27 x 18 in.
    Signed lower right
    Gil Elvgren only painted nudes occasionally, and as a result they are extremely desirable among die-hard Elvgren collectors. Note that this piece is inscribed, "To my good friend Harold, Gil". Elvgren gifted the painting to silent screen icon Harold Lloyd, an incredible association for this painting. Lloyd was himself a respected pin-up photographer, capturing images of such glamorous icons as Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page. As the authors note in Gil Elvgren All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups ,"Because of Elvgren's great popularity, Brown and Bigelow often used him for special promotions. Elvgren had the opportunity to meet many people, including a number of celebrities, some of whom became close friends. One such was film star Harold Lloyd, who, about 1950, introduced Elvgren to 35mm stereo color photography."

    This painting was reproduced as figure 251 in Gil Elvgren All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel.

    From the Estate of Charles Martignette.




    Condition Report*: Minor accretions in center of yellow banner, scattered surface grime as visible in red background, otherwise very good condition. Framed Dimensions: 30 x 22 in.
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    February, 2010
    18th Thursday
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