Earl Moran

Earl Moran was a master of pastels, though he showed little if any influence of reigning Brown & Bigelow star Rolf Armstrong, whose domain he encroached upon in the '30s. Prolific Moran, Iowa-born, a Chicago Art Institute attendee, was soon a superstar himself, creating lively, sexy girls whose relationship with the viewer was seldom a teasing one. Unlike Elvgren and others, Moran did not continually re-work one type of situation, and his pin-ups have more variety than any other major contributor to the field.

Moran broke onto the scene with a splash in 1933 by submitting the provocative 'Golden Hours' under contract with Brown and Bigelow. He moved to New York City and lived the fast life, including highly publicized charges of adultery in a bitter divorce. He also used photographs to capture natural, wholesome poses from his models

Breaking in via advertising work for Sears-Roebuck, Moran went on to magazine illustration (Life), movie posters ('Something for the Boys', 1944) and even co-published an early "girlie" magazine, Beauty Parade, contributing covers (sometimes under his middle name non de plume, "Steffa").

His most enduring pin-ups feature his famous late '40s model, Marilyn Monroe. Later he turned to oils, and, working from the late '50s until his death, an outstanding series of sensual nudes.

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