Monday, October 26, 2009

Gil Evlgren: The Man Who Loved Women

(Above) Gil Evlgren (1914 - 1980): Self Portrait, charcoal on paper, 20” x 15”
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(Above) Gil Evlgren: On the House, 1958, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”
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(Above) Gil Evlgren: Darlene (Bedside Manner), 1958, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”
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(Above) Gil Evlgren: It’s Nothing to Sneeze At, 1947, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”
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(Above) Gil Evlgren: A Polished Performance, 1964, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”
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(Above) Gil Evlgren: Something’s Bothering You (What’s Wrong?), 1957, oil on canvas, 24” x 30” Click any image for larger view.


(Above) Gil Evlgren: Check and Double Check (Now Don’t Get Me in a Corner), 1946, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”
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(Above) Gil Evlgren: Sheer Delight (This Soots Me), 1948, oil on canvas, 30” x 24” Click any image for larger view.



I WISH I HAD KNOWN GIL EVLGREN, WHO PASSED AWAY IN 1980. THIS MAN WAS A GREAT PAINTER, AND AS AN ARTIST, he chose to be an illustrator. He is best remembered for his work as a painter of pin-up models. Most consider Mr. Evlgren the greatest pin up artist of all time.

I titled my post “The Man Who Loved Women” because in my mind, there is no way a person could paint women so beautifully without loving his subject. Always with class and style, and the highest standards of taste, Evlgren painted beautiful women like no other. When you click on the images, you can see his painterly technique. It’s rich and lush—like the women he painted. I would have liked Gil, I know it.


Heritage Auction Galleries upcoming online auction, has 8 vintage Evlgren oil paintings up for grabs this Tuesday, Oct 27. The auction is called the 2009 October Signature Illustration Auction #7016. It will be held in Dallas, TX. If you would like to bid, click here. I do need to let you know that most of his paintings will begin bidding at $30,000 - $40,000.

There is a Web site about Mr. Evlgren here.


Heritage Auction Galleries, located in Dallas, TX is the largest collectibles auctioneer and third largest auction house in the world.

4 comments:

Jan said...

Like this post - a lot.

Library Vixen said...

love his work, gotta love a man who loves women so much as to devote a lifetime to them.

thanks!
lv

Red-SSR said...

Gil was one of the best illustrators ever, thank God for his wonderful gift to us...Gary...Another great illustrator passed away last thursday...Don Ivan Punchatz. My mentor and dear friend.

6p01053648e879970c said...

I was lucky enough to come across two 8"x10" booklets of Elvgren prints at a flea market in the early 80's. They are fantastic prints that were originally published for people to send to soldiers overseas. They are as close to original Elvgrens as I will ever get and I've been a fan of his work ever since I bought them! I have never seen his paintings in person. The large images in your post really show his technique well. The man could really paint. By the way I believe you got the spelling of his name incorrect. But who is looking at the words with pictures like that! Thanks.

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