Pearl Alice Frush (1907-1986) – American pin-up and glamour girl
Pearl Frush was one of the top female pinup artists in her time, along with the likes of Joyce Ballantyne and Zoe Mozert. Despite that, her name recognition and her work have been greatly overshadowed by her male counterparts.
Frush opened her first studio in Chicago in the early 1940s. While she accepted freelance jobs, she also worked at the studio of Sundblom. By 1943, she had become one of the Gerlach-Barklow Calendar Company’s most important artists, creating a string of popular series: Liberty Belles, Sweethearts of Sports, Girls of Glamour and Glamour Round the Clock. In 1947, her Aquatour series, a dozen pinups all located in aquatic settings, broke all sales records. By 1955, Frush had become a “hot property” in the calendar-publishing business, so it was only natural that Brown & Bigelow should seek her out. A year later, the firm published its first Frush pin-up, a horizontal picture especially done for “hangers” (large wall calendars with one print attached).
A vigorous and attractive woman, Frush enjoyed sailing, canoeing, swimming, and playing tennis, and she would often incorporate sport themes into her work portrayed in a crisp, straightforward style, her pinups and glamour paintings effectively captured the spirit of young womanhood. Her girls were wholesome and fresh, shapely but never overtly sexual. Somehow they were able to look both like movie stars and like the girls-next-door.

Pearl Frush

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