Originally posted on The Muscleheaded Blog.

Of all the famous pin-up artists of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, Rolf Armstrong has few equals, and remains a favorite with today’s audiences for several very good reasons –

—including his mastery of symbolic color, the fine detail of his work, the bright flashes of fashion and style, and a distinct masculine perspective, which he expresses on all of his canvasses–and which tends the amplify the femininity of his beautiful models.

Born in Bay City, Michigan on Easter, 1889, Rolf was the son of a shipping magnate whose declining fortunes eventually forced him and his family to move to Detroit.

After the death of his father in 1903, Rolf and his mother found themselves in Seattle, and at 15, he dropped out of school and took a job as a Steamship Agent.

Rolf’s two passions, sports  (he was an avid boxer and a skilled sailor) and art, began to mesh as he developed his painting skills drawing for local publications, and his mother encouraged him to…

via The Pin Up Art of Rolf Armstrong | The Muscleheaded Blog.

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