These original book cover art proofs are so smoldering, they could only have been illustrated by pin-up artist Peter Driben (1903 - 1968). These are printer's proofs, circa 1930s.

One book title is THIS FLESH, showing a couple with a big snake wrapped around them in front of an Art Deco structure. The other book title is LOVE GIRL, showing a seductive woman with her rose-covered robe about to fall off her shoulders.

These proofs measure about 7 1/2 by 8 inches. We can't tell if they've been trimmed or not but if so it was done by the printer.

The backs are blank. The 'This Flesh' art has some creasing at upper left corner.

Each cover is signed PETER DRIBEN (along the bottom of the robe and at lower right).
Both are in overall very good condition.

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ABOUT PETER DRIBEN - He was an American pin-up artist, perhaps one of the most productive pin-up artists of the 1940s and 1950s. His catalogue of work outdid both Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren who were also top pin-up girl illustrators. Driben's pinups delighted the American public from the beginning of World War II until the great baby boom of the 1950s. (We think Driben's pinups helped inspire American soldiers to win the war.)

Born in Boston, Driben studied at Vesper George Art School before moving to Paris (circa 1925). While taking classes at the Sorbonne in 1925, he began a series of highly popular pen-and-ink drawings of the city's showgirls. His first known pin-up was the cover to La Paree Stories in March 1934. By 1935, he was producing covers for Snappy, Pep, New York Nights, French Night Life and Caprice. Driben's popularity continued to rise in the late thirties with covers for Silk Stocking Stories, Gay Book, Movie Merry-Go-Round and Real Screen Fun.

Driben's career expanded into advertising with his move to New York in late 1936. He created original three-dimensional die-cut window displays for Philco Radios, Cannon Bath Towels, and the Weber Baking Company. Perhaps his most famous work being the original posters and publicity artwork for The Maltese Falcon. Peter Driben was also a close friend of publisher Robert Harrison, and in 1941 was contracted to produce covers for Harrison's new magazine Beauty Parade. Driben went on to paint hundreds of covers for that publication and for the other seven titles Harrison was to launch - Flirt, Whisper, Titter, Wink, Eyeful, Giggles, and Joker. Driben would often have as many as six or seven of his covers being published every month. Driben's work for Harrison established him as one of America's most recognized and successful pin-up and glamour artists.

In 1944 he was offered the unusual opportunity, for a pin-up artist, of becoming the art director of the New York Sun, a post he retained until 1946. During the war, his popular painting of American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima sparked a considerable amount of media attention.


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ITEM ID
RL12148
MEDIA
Lithograph
STYLE
Art Deco
THEME
Art Deco, Glam Decor
WIDTH
7.5" (19 cm)
ARTIST
Peter Driben
HEIGHT
8" (20 cm)
ORIGIN
United States • American
AGE
Early 20th Century
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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