Monday, 19 September 2011

Gil Elvgren

So many things inspire me, films, books, seeing a funky girl on the street who just looks cool, my visual influences come from so many different sources. 
One of the biggest inspirations for the way I look and the photography and design work I do with my husband for our company Nicky Rockets comes from the amazing Gil Elvgren.
As its Monday morning and we need something fun and perky to get us going I thought what better was than to talk about the fantastic Mister Elvgren and his bevy of pin up beauties.


Talk about a water cooler moment


 You may not have heard of Gil Elvgren but his work is instantly recognisable and if you have ever pulled a pouty over the top pose for a photograph that most definitely is the Elvgren effect.
Elvgren was a classical illustrator who from the mid nineteen thirties until nineteen seventy two painted over five hundred paintings of beautiful girls and women mostly oils on canvas. He worked for a company called Brown and Bigelow who were the biggest calendar company in America and it was via these calenders that the world came to love and appreciate his saucy yet innocent portrayals of fabulous looking pin up girls.


If only I looked this saucy when I get caught in the rain
Considered the  master of portraying the all-American feminine ideal he has been described as "The Norman Rockwell Of Cheesecake Vintage". His work has certainly had a huge influence on the world of vintage inspired art, tattoos, Burlesque and fashion.


I love the directness of this girls gaze. 

I love his work because it is just so adoring of the female form.The glimpses of stockings, the recurring theme of a woman being sexy without even realising what she is doing.They are like looking through the eyes of someone in the giddy first stages of being in love and lust. Even the simplest gesture or almost comical situation is loaded with innuendo.

Doing the Davina DVD never looked so hot
I also love the shapes of the women Elvgren painted. Tiny waists, curvaceous legs, rounded breasts. With the modern "Ideal" of feminine beauty becoming increasingly slight and frail looking these women pack curves in all the right places.







 


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29 comments:

  1. Gorgeous shirt! I am a blog follower and Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/JinxieFox/status/115714961765957633

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  2. Gil Elvgren is my hero, loving the t's. Dyan xx

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  3. I have the Taschen Pin Up Girl page a day desk calender that features lots of Elvgren's work :)
    I'd love to be entered for the comp please! x

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  4. Love it!
    Found this site via a follower on Twitter. So glad I did! Will spread the word of the comp and yourself on there!

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  5. Gil Elvgren true representation of #1940s glamour I absolutely adore his art! Fantastic blog post so glad you wrote about him and included great images! All glamour sweetie xx

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  6. I love these pictures and they have cheered up my day! I have been wanting the book with all the pictures in for a while! I love your blog and features in Vintage Life! Sam McPartland

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  7. loved this post! a definite inspiration for a rainy monday here in scotland. would love to be entered into the competition, and will tweet about it too (@ktmoo). thanks so much katie

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  8. I love the artwork, but I wonder how it squares up with feminism. Do you think the images portray just as unrealistic and unobtainable ideal as you get in modern day sleb mags? I mean, suspenders in the kitchen - it's just complete male fantasy isn't it? Sorry to get political, just thought I'd provoke some discussion :)

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  9. Dillytante Im glad you have mentioned this as its something I have thought about on more than one occasion. I agree at the time of painting them they were definately playing to a male fantasy but personally I feel I have reclaimed these images for myself as I love the way the women look and I actually love the "gaze" the pictures portray. I find them affectionate as well as sexy. As a former riot girrl and someone who recently devoured Caitin Morans How to be a woman Im aware these images can be read as sexist and repressive but as I spend my life trying to look like these girls (with slightly less knicker flashing)and am the least repressed woman you are ever likely to meet Im comfortable with the contradiction. Sorry Im not exspressing myself particuarly well-I agree totally they dont square with feminism and yet Im a feminist and love them-oh contraire xxx

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  10. Well stated arguments on both parts!! =) Shared your site with FB!!
    http://www.facebook.com/neka.tingley

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  11. Have always loved these beautiful works of art but never knew much about them! Betty Bee, I have you as my homepage. :) I have also shared your blog on Twitter.

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  12. Recent discoverer of your blog - its amazing. Have shared on FB :)

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  13. Holy macaroni! Just found this blog via Shelley of the Vintage Vixens and I'm already addicted! I'd LOVE a tee!
    Off to flaunt Betty Bee, I feel an addiction coming on.

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  14. Thanks for all the comments-It means so much that you take the time to comment so I know Im not bloggng into a void ; )
    Neka thanks for sharing the blog on facebook x
    J thanks x Nice to meet you, hope I continue to entertain
    Sarah Glad to be your addiction-I promise to only ever improve your well being xx

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  15. I don't know if I've joined or not?
    I love Gil Elvgren's stuff, when I met my boyfriend he had a pin up calendar in his kitchen. That, and his v8 coffee table, may well have been influencing factors in our getting together. At the end of the year I harvested the pictures to paste onto a big folding screen for the corner of our boudoir.

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  16. Love your blog Betty, but what the world really needs is another Bopalena!!!
    Have shared via twitter @ loobysaint

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  17. Hi Raemondo-if you click on the little button just below 'Betty Bees Buddies" called "Join this site" you have joined. Love the sound of your folding screen x
    LoobyLou glad you are enjoying my ramblings. Ooh another Bopalena. I dont know if I coud manage the stress of organisng another big rock n roll & burlesque event ha ha

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  18. Awesome t-shirts! I have my own little blog:
    thelittlelemoncakery.blogspot.com
    - but I am just a beginner! You are the QueenBee of the vintage blogging world! inspiring :)

    I have shared on FB / Twitter . all the best xxxx

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  19. ha ha thanks Little Lemon-I have a neckalace which says Queen Bee on. I will wears it today as a reminder of your compliment (which isnt really true but so nice of you to say) will check out your blog too. Good luck with the competition
    Betty
    xx

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  20. lovelovelove your work. and lovelovelove elvgren! xxx

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  21. Lovely pictures and would love to win your T-shirt. Have never been to a burlesque club but would love to one day. Betty

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  22. FABULOUS T SHIRT,I MUST HAVE IT!i have seen you perform and by looking at your blog you seem to be every inch a burlesque beauty.

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  23. bellabounce.co.uk is my website x
    or check me out on bella bounce on facebook

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  24. The winner of this weeks competition is Sarah "The Blue Haired Baker" Downham. Congratulations x

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  25. Our final two winners are Holly Goosen and Bex Hamilton-Please all contact me on bettybeevintage@yahoo.co.uk with your size and adress
    xx

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  26. Sorry I'm Holly and have only seen this post now. Am I too late to claim my prize?

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    1. Hi Holly
      I no longer ahve any cherry lounge tees left but could send you a Bopalena one instead. email me at bettybeevintage@yahoo.co.uk with your size and address x

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  27. You don't have to bribe me with a tee shirt to get me to bookmark your blog.

    I love it.

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