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"Forever Yours"



Pearl Frush

Pearl Frush

  This pastel on board was created by Pearl Frush for the Gerlach Barklow Calendar Company for use as a calendar in 1962. This image, titled, "Forever Yours" is a flawless example of one of her best works. Though many of her pin-up paintings were rendered in watercolor, she preferred pastels when creating the more wholesome glamour girl images.

  Pearl Frush is known as one of the top three female pin-up and glamour artists of the mid-twentieth century. Pearl Frush was born in Iowa and moved to Mississippi as a child. Frush later studied in New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, and at the Art Institute in Chicago. She opened her first studio in Chicago in 1940. By 1943, she had become one of Gerlach Barklow Calendar Company's most important artists, and in 1947, she did a series of twelve pin-ups all located in aquatic settings, which broke all sales records for the company that year.

  By 1955, artworks by Frush were sought after by other companies, so it was only natural that Brown and Bigelow seek her out. A year later, her first Brown and Bigelow image was published. She enjoyed, sailing, swimming, and playing tennis, so many of those themes were incorporated into her work. Frush girls were wholesome and fresh and had a star appeal about them, yet they seemed to be the girls-next-door. Her beautiful pin-up girl artworks shared some of the same qualities of the pin-up girls created by Zoe Mozert and Joyce Ballantyne, something that the men in the field of illustration seldom achieved. Her paintings were always done with great precision, capturing every detail of a subject, giving her paintings an almost photographic impression.



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