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Lingerie Art Legends: Enoch Bolles

Though Gil Elvgren is one of pin-up’s most recognized artists today, there were plenty of other illustrators painting glamorous portraits around the same time as he. One I’ve recently re-discovered is Enoch Bolles.

Born in 1883, Bolles was a versatile illustrator who created art for products as diverse as raisins and cigarette lighters. But what he’s most remembered for today (and what’s most relevant to this blog) is his pin-up work.

Bolles illustrated more than 200 covers for Film Fun magazine and another 300 covers for other risque pulp publications. His trademark sexy, skimpy costumes went on to the define certain key aspects of the pin-up look for the next several decades.

What do you think of Enoch Bolles art? If you like the images shown here, I’ve posted several more to The Lingerie Addict Facebook page. Click the link and take a look!

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

4 Comments on this post

  1. Beth says:

    Great post! I was not familiar with Bolles's work, so thanks for enlightening me. It's gorgeous! I've shared this post on Kuhmillion's facebook wall. : )

  2. Treacle says:

    @Panty Buns–Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment…it's always a pleasure when you stop by. And I thought the exact same thing…so man of his pieces could be the inspiration for a great burlesque routine.

    @Kayla–I agree! I love how timeless his work is…it'll never get old or out of style.

  3. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says:

    Those are all stunning pieces of artwork! I love how one man's art can go on to define a whole world like the world of pin up.

    It really is incredible how life works like that!

  4. Panty Buns says:

    Those pinup illustrations are incredibly sexy and look like photographs. What a treat for lovers of vintage lingerie, pinup modeling, and burlesque – some of the poses look like they could be part of a wonderful routine. These are fabulous. I think Enoch Bolles was a fabulous artist and will stop by your Facebook wall to see more.

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