While he has achieved a laudable amount of latter day
fame, Enoch Bolles remains largely a figure of mystery.
He apparently ended his days in an insane asylum, where
he "improved" on his wonderful canvases by adding such touches
as jagged jewelry and hovering phalluses.
It's more pleasant to peruse Francis Smilby's wonderful
Sweets (1981, Playboy Press), and Robert A. Brown's
card sets (Kitchen Sink Press), all of which brim with
wonderful images of exuberant Bolles girls.
Sleek, naughty, these flapper-style dolls, with their bee-stung
lips and voluptuous figures, lounge in lingerie and other
unlikely forms of sex-fantasy dress-up.
Bolles was a genius, and his oils reveal an artistry second
to none in the pin-up genre.