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17 Pinup Paintings Side-By-Side with the Photos that Inspired Them

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The illustrations by famed cheesecake artist Gil Elvgren contrast fantasy and reality.

These erotic illustrations from the golden age of pinups are beautiful, but come up short when placed next to the photos they're based on. Gil Elvgren's paintings depict women as slim, busty, and perfectly coiffed bombshells. In reality, they're what Marilyn Monroe was talking about when she said "imperfection is beauty." Before there was Photoshop, there was oil paint to make human women look leggy, seductive, and let's face it — impossible.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images via Reddit.

 

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