The Pin-up Files

Gil Elvgren pin-up artist | gallery 8/9


Gil Elvgren's ability to capture the spirit and sensuality of American feminine beauty was unsurpassed

Elvgren's pin-ups were pictures of real girls in real, everyday situations ... sometimes they were a bit exaggerated, but they always worked.

Photo: Gil Elvgren in 1970

Gil Elvgren pinup artist in 1970

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Elvgren stood out not just for his painting and advertising graphics. He was also a notable professional photographer, wielding the camera with the same dexterity as he wielded his brush. And his amazing energy and talent did not stop there, since he was a respected, even revered, teacher of students who often went on to become famous artists in their own right thanks, in no small measure, to Elvgren's personal instruction and encouragement.

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