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Do you love the pin-up girls of the mid-20th century? Of course you do! Who doesn’t? These buxom beauties have become a fascinating and beautiful part of history. One of the people who left a significant mark on the pin-up style was Gil Elvgren. He was a prolific pin-up artist through the height of their popularity in pop-culture and advertising.
It’s hard to believe, but the girls he (and most artists like him) depicted were based on real women! Ever wonder what they looked like before they got the illustrative treatment? Well, you’re in luck! Let’s take a look at some before and after pictures and learn some cultural history along the way!
Looking at the pictures now, it’s easy to forget that these were based on real women. Their exaggerated expressions (and waistlines) feel disconnected from reality, but the truth is that most pin-up artists based their images on real life pin-up girls.
Gil Elvgren dominated the field in his time. He painted such famous beauties as Myrna Hansen, Donna Reed, and Kim Novak for advertisements as well as for original pieces.
Gil passed away in the 1980s, but his legacy in the pin-up world remains to this day with his original paintings selling for at least $80K. Some of his more famous works far surpass that price tag, though. Dealers can even get hundreds of thousands for an authentic Elvgren.