|Tourists, Art Frahm|
|1950s glamorous beauties|
Often I chafe at those making any great distinction between artists (painters) and illustrators, but in Art's case, I'll tolerate any discussion of disparity. Art Frahm was no academic; had little or no formal training in art other than working as an assistant for Haddon Sundblom (the Coca-Cola Santa Claus artist); and often his technical skills were barely adequate for the job at hand.
|Beautiful, glamorous, sexy, white ladies, usually not so well attired.|
|Frahm painted so many variations of|
this scene he literally wore it out.
Someone (maybe me) once said that if Norman Rockwell had been a pervert, he would have faced stiff competition from Frahm. Frahm's specialty was pin-up calendar "art" (the quotation marks are an outright necessity is this case). Though I was never aware of the artist's name, I can remember seeing his work on such calendars. Usually they hung on the wall of grimy auto repair establishments, during the 1950s and 60s as I was a growing boy having a certain fascination with such profound depictions of feminine beauty. Frahm was one of a "talented" group of maybe a half-dozen other such American illustrators producing a steady, monthly supply of such enticing beauty. Though not necessarily among the best, Frahm's sense of humor often made up for his lack of technical proficiency.
|Safety Wins, 1961, Art Frahm|
|Slip Tease, Art Frahm|
|Not Rockwell, but not |
typical Frahm either.
|You can't beat the combination|
of sex and patriotism
|Rose, 1940s, Art Frahm (no Rosie the Riveter).|
|Puppy Bath, 1940s, Art Frahm. |
Even when painting little girls, the artist loved short skirts and bare legs.