Painted on a sturdy cardboard. There are pinholes along the left, right and bottom edges. I think it is safe to say that it was the artist that pinned the cardboard when creating the piece. There is also minor wear to the blue pastel background, along the lower left to middle edge. Does not affect the image in any way and not seen in framing.Illustration measures 17 x 23 3/8 Ready to hang, gold gilded frame. Matted in blue and white. Overall dimensions 21 x 27. Rolf Armstrong was born in Bay City, Michigan on April 21, 1889, to Richard and Harriet (Scott) Armstrong. His father owned the Boy-Line Fire Boat Company, which included a line of passenger ships. Some were deployed in Chicago for use at the Chicago World's Fair there in 1893. However, the father's business and family were struggling, and the family homestead was lost to foreclosure. In 1899, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan. Rolf's father died in 1903, and a year later he and his mother moved to Seattle, Washington, following the footsteps of his oldest brother, William, who had moved there a year earlier. By now Rolf's artistic interests were emerging to more than a part-time pleasure. He moved to Chicago in 1908, where he later studied at the Art Institute. He then went on to New York, where he studied with Robert Henri. In 1921 he went to Minneapolis to study calendar production at Brown & Bigelow. During the 1920s and 1930s, his work appeared on many pieces of sheet music, as well as on the covers of many magazines, most famously for movie fan magazines such as Photoplay and Screenland. His work mostly consists of women; Mary Pickford, Bebe Daniels, and Greta Garbo are just a few of the numerous he painted. Armstrong's work for the Pictorial Review was largely responsible for that magazine achieving a circulation of more than two million by 1926. In 1930, RCA hired him to paint pin-ups to advertise their products, and in 1933 the Thomas D.
Murphy Calendar Company signed him to produce a series of paintings for their line. I take great care in listing thorough, honest descriptions so buyers will feel confident and satisfied. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Messages are checked regularly and will be responded to in a timely manner. The item "Original Pastel Pin-up Illustration.
Reclining Nude Attributed to Rolf Armstrong" is in sale since Saturday, March 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".The seller is "offthewallarttrader" and is located in Renton, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States.