Elvgren’s paintings take the photograph as his inspiration, but alter the image to make a cartoonish effect.
It’s interesting to see that the way Elvgren alters his models’ bodies is similar to the way that photos are altered now with Photoshop.
The bright colors and voluptuous curves combine to make the iconic images that so perfected captured a moment in art.
No matter the decade or the tools available, it’s clear that the media has been making an exaggerated figure to catch your eye.
The bizarre scenarios and silly expressions look all the more entertaining when you see them enacted by a real person.
Many of the images Elvgren created were used in advertisements and calendars by the company Brown & Bigelow.
These pin-ups defined an era in art, and seeing the women behind them makes them all the more beautiful.
Who knew that so many everyday activities could be so conducive to leg-showing?