DescriptionROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960)
The Enchantress, Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 in.
Signed lower right
The Enchantress is one in a series of four famous monumental Art Deco oil paintings that Rolf Armstrong created for the Brown & Bigelow calendar company between the years 1925-29. Titled The Enchantress, The Song of India, Arabian Nights and Carmen, Armstrong created these magnificent erotic masterworks after his return from Paris, perhaps inspired by the Parisian salon movement.
Armstrong's importance to pin-up art was aptly noted by Janet Dobson and Michael Wooldridge in their 2001 monograph Pin-Up Dreams: The Glamour Art of Rolf Armstrong, "Rolf Armstrong's first calendar pin-up, Dream Girl , 1919, set the tone and defined the vision of ideal feminine beauty for the next four decades. His extraordinary success and prolific career garnered him praise and fame of the sort normally reserved for more public figures. One account tells of the thundering applause that met his appearance at a conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1943; he also gained the praise and admiration of such famous figures as Norman Rockwell and James Cagney."
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