Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The female form is one of the most beautiful objects in all of God’s vast creation. Beauty is, of course, subjective. Even Rod Serling reminded us that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. But in the art of the classic pin-up girl, an idealistic beauty is pretty standard: Big, bright, lash-y eyes. A sly smile, gently pouted lip, or dazzling pearly whites. An hourglass figure, softly curving in and out at the waist. Silky, gleaming hair in red, brunette, blonde or raven, short and sassy or long and seductive.
Gil Elvgren, “Gentlemen Prefer…?”, 1963
Pin-ups are gorgeous. Idealized, stylized and perfect. But I don’t have any problem with this portrayal of women. The fact is, I adore pin-up art (I’ve even done a little pin-up creating myself) almost as much as I enjoy a fine art masterpiece by Caravaggio or Da Vinci. Continue reading