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    ROLF ARMSTRONG (American, 1889-1960)
    The Enchantress, pin-up 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 and Bigelow calendar company between the years 1925 and 1929. 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."


    Condition Report*: Original canvas has been restretched and revarnished, stablized crackelure visible in the upper left corner, scattered creases to the paint layer as a result of previous folding, UV light reveals moderate inpainting scattered throughout background and minimally on figure, figure's face is in very good condition with one small area of strengthening along the right side of the nose. Framed dimensions: 88" x 67.5".
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    February, 2010
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