"Ice Follies"   Lot no. 3516

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By Fritz Willis (1907 - 1979)

1960s (Estimated)
23.5" x 18"
Gouache on Paper
Signed Lower Left
$10,000

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A well-crafted, stylish, and eye-catching cover painting by the renowned pin up calendar artist and commercial illustrator Fritz Willis. This was used as a cover for a Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies program in the early 1960s. In many regards Willis was the last of the great American pin up artists; he brought pin up imagery, poses, and styles into the mod era and embraced changing ideals of femininity without being revisionist or nostalgic. In all regards, Willis shone in these yearly Ice Follies commissions as he excelled at costuming and seemed to enjoy capturing the evolving pop culture styles of the moment.

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