Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Venus by Peter Driben

Well it's the first day of winter today, being the winter solstice. At least from now on the hours of daylight will be getting longer.  TV is full of the usual Christmas commercials all, without exception, showing a snow-covered Britain at Christmas.  Except we hardly ever have snow at Christmas.  It's usually comparatively warm and raining.  Less visual, I suppose.  A couple of years ago the house down the road featured in a Christmas TV commercial and the filmmakers arrived in July and covered the whole house and garden with artificial snow.

In finding a suitable picture, therefore, I was very resistant to using a snowy pinup.  So this shivering girl. from American pin-up artist Peter Driben (1903-1968). is far more appropriate. It first appeared in Flirt magazine in February 1952.  This was one of a series of men's magazines published by Driben's friend Robert Harrison and Driben produced many covers and illustrations for Harrison's magazines, like Flirt, Wink, Whisper, Titter and Beauty Parade.  Driben, who was from Boston, was a prolific pin-up artist (he often produced half a dozen covers a month for Harrison) and his work was very popular with troops in WW2.  His painting of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima was a well known  work at the time.

Not as well known today as some of the other pin-up artists of the time, Driben is most famous, these days, for having produced the posters for the Humphrey Bogart film, The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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