Vaughan Alden Bass was an American
painter of pin-up art.
Bass was a Chicago artist who
started his career working for the Louis F. Dow Company in St. Paul
during the mid-1930s. Bass created his own pin-ups for Brown &
Bigelow, but he worked for Dow as a "paint over" artist, redoing
work that other artists (notably Gil Elvgren) had done for the
Bass' style was often compared with
that of Elvgren, Al Buell, and Joyce Ballantyne. In the late 1950s,
Bass did a series of wrestling scenes that demonstrated his comfort
with any subject matter. He created the Wonder Bread Girl in the
1950s. His portrait of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
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