All posts by Meagen McMillan

Jr Specialist and Cataloger, Fine & Decorative Arts

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A Brief History of Pin-Up Art: Gil Elvgren

Gil Elvgren is considered the most successful Pin-Up artist of the 20th Century. Elvgren applied the commercial mass appeal of advertisement art and the hint of humour to Pin-Up creating images that encapsulate a time and place in American history.

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A Brief History of Pin-Up Art: George Petty

The popularity of the Petty Girl changed not only Pin-Up art, but the concept of American Beauty. A beautiful woman with elongated limbs often dangling a telephone with a flirtatious smile, George Petty created a

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A Brief History of Pin-Up Art: Alberto Vargas

Alberto Vargas career highlights the low and highs of Pin-Up art within the last 100 years as well as its cultural effects on American societal norms. From Ziegfeld Follies to Esquire to Playboy, Vargas captured the imagination of the nation with a touch of glamour.

Newell Convers Wyeth: Father of American Illustration, Patriarch of ‘First Family of American Art’

If Howard Pyle is considered the “Grandfather of American illustration,” then his arguably most successful student, Newell Convers Wyeth, would have to be thought of as the “Father.” Illustrating more than 112 books, including Treasure