The ul­ti­mate model artist

ImagineFX - - Zoë Mozert -

By pos­ing for other artists, did Zoë Mozert gain a greater un­der­stand­ing of her sub­ject? Ac­cord­ing to the his­tory books, Zoë paid her art school tu­ition fees by pos­ing for other artists and con­tin­ued to do so even as her ca­reer be­gan to take off. One of the artists she posed for was HJ Ward, whose work adorned pulp West­ern and de­tec­tive mag­a­zines.

Zoë would pose for him in the mid-1930s. Although a brunette, she had plat­inum blonde hair dur­ing this pe­riod as seen on the cov­ers for Spicy Mys­tery, Spicy Adventure and Spicy De­tec­tive that HJ Ward painted. She also posed for Earl Mo­ran and it’s pos­si­ble that through him she be­came one of Brown & Bigelow’s ‘big four’ pin-up artists.

“One of her big­gest ca­reer breaks was mod­el­ling for Earl, a fa­mous pin-up artist,” ex­plains pulp art ex­pert David Saun­ders. “It’s likely this was an im­por­tant busi­ness con­nec­tion for her. A few of the very best pin-up artists, such as Zoë, left the New York cal­en­dar com­pa­nies and moved to Cal­i­for­nia to pur­sue their ca­reers in Hol­ly­wood.”

In many in­stances, Zoë also mod­elled for her­self. Later in her ca­reer, she was able to paint art­work for sale di­rectly to pri­vate gal­leries. In 1959, aged 52, she painted what was re­puted to be the world’s largest re­clin­ing nude for the Red Dog Sa­loon in Scotts­dale, Ari­zona, us­ing her own body as the ba­sis for the pic­ture.

All of th­ese mag­a­zine cov­ers from the 1930s fea­ture com­po­si­tions that Zoë had posed for, painted by her art school class­mate HJ Ward.

Zoë was aware of her own beauty and posed for other artists, in­clud­ing for top pin-up painter Earl Mo­ran seen here in 1935.

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