Who was viewing these images produced by Zoë Mozert and her colleagues? Many of these works were marketed to military servicemen fighting in World War II, and the pictures adorned both workspaces and the barracks. In this 1943 photograph of a bomber-crew shack, collages of pin-up illustrations and photographs cover almost every available surface, as … Continue reading Who’s looking?
Painting Pin-Ups… at the beach
After another hot summer weekend, I've been thinking about a curious category of pin-ups painting: the woman who seems to be working 'en plein aire' (out of doors), poolside or at the beach, wearing a swimsuit and painting not a landscape but rather a pin-up for herself, perhaps: a muscled male figure, pointedly posing, wearing … Continue reading Painting Pin-Ups… at the beach
In my earliest research into Zoë Mozert and pin-up Mutoscope cards, I was surprised to come across dozens and dozens of examples of pin-ups in the act of painting, posed with palette and easel. While pin-up artists were undoubtedly skilled at sexualizing almost any scenario, this repeated motif of the female painter-- often depicted by … Continue reading Painting Pin-Ups
Our banner image: Zoë with “Red Dog Rosie”
Zoë Mozert with "Red Dog Rosie," ca. 1959 The photograph you see across the top of the ZMAS website is one we love, showing Zoë Mozert with one of her paintings sometime in 1959. The photograph was probably taken in Mozert's studio, given the paint-splattered linoleum floor, and Zoë is likely wearing what she actually … Continue reading Our banner image: Zoë with “Red Dog Rosie”
The picture that started it all…
I first learned about Zoë Mozert by mistake. Her works came to my attention through the random vicissitudes of a keyword search—not in a scholarly database, but rather through eBay of all places. My research on bodybuilder Eugen Sandow had taught me that the online retailer could be an excellent place for finding ephemera and … Continue reading The picture that started it all…