All rights reserved by artist. From its modern origins in traditional French erotic postcards, antebellum American mail-order catalogs, and glamor photos of early Hollywood starlets, the "pinup" grew into an art form by World War II, when images of women were often painted onto planes and making their way into men's magazines like Playboy. At first glance, American pinup photographs and paintings of the late 30s through World War II seem like benign, quaint relics of Americana, items that are usually appreciated for their sweet, apple-cheeked, all-American female subjects—and little else. Although the pinup often evokes a viewer's sense of nostalgia as well as appealing to individual aesthetics and sexual appetites, the importance of the American pinup exceeds its originally ephemeral nature. American pinups tell a larger story of changing dynamics in fine art: a new kind of popular culture in the US, one that created a space for commercial artists to paint the female form.
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The pin-up art as a genre has its specific roots and has to be perceived in a broader context. Aside from the strict treatment of sexuality through the art history, the pin-up developed fully during the 2oth century modernism. This phenomenon grew simultaneously with the changing social circumstances and a general need for more freedom regardless of the prescribed canons of morality. The provocative aesthetic was an effect of advertising and the consumerist culture in general. Since it was produced for the male gaze exclusively, pin-up is often overlooked and considered patriarchal and degrading for women.