History of Art in the Pin Up, 1940s-50s. .

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by Art Frahm
In “The Art of Pin-up,” Dian Hanson describes a pin-up simply as a “provocative but never explicit image of an attractive woman created specifically for public display in a male environment.”
But this imaginary female isn’t just attractive.
“Her sexiness is natural and uncontrived, and her exposure is always accidental:
A fishhook catches her bikini top, an outboard motor shreds her skirt, a spunky puppy trips her up or the ever-present playful breeze lifts her hem, revealing stocking tops and garter straps, but never the whole enchilada.”
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By Bill Medcalf
Since they skyrocketed to popularity in the World War II era, pin-up images have occupied a variety of roles — military inspiration, commercial photography, kitsch nostalgia and cult aesthetic.
But the images of buxom hips and red lips rarely fall into the category of fine art.
Which is rather unfortunate.
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Zoe Mozert painting Jane Russell for The Outlaw film poster
via The Glamorous History Of Pin-Up Like You’ve Never Seen It Before.

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