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Elvgren [Hardcover]

Charles G Martignette , Louis K Meisel
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April 1 2008 Taschen 25th Anniversary Special Editions
Gil's girls: The seminal pin-up artist
 
Post-depression America was in desperate need of a defining iconography that would lift it out of the black and white doldrums, and it came in the form of Gil Elvgren’s Technicolor fantasies of the American dream. His technique—which earned him a reputation as "The Norman Rockwell of cheesecake"—involved photographing models and then painting them into gorgeous hyper-reality, with longer legs, more flamboyant hair and gravity-defying busts, and in the process making them the perfect moral-boosting eye-candy for every homesick private.

"Glamour is back... TASCHEN offers us a look back at these calendar and advertisement goddesses of which Gil Elvgren is king." erotisme-fr.com, France
 
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"Glamour is back... TASCHEN offers us a look back at these calendar and advertisement goddesses of which Gil Elvgren is king." erotisme-fr.com, France"

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Charles G. Martignette was an art dealer and collector of original paintings by 20th century American illustrators and artists. His gallery in Hallandale Beach, Florida, housed the world’s largest collection of commercial illustration art. As of 1975 he published numerous articles about magazine, advertising, calendar, pulp, paperback, glamour and pin-up art. Paintings from his collection have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution as well as many other American and European museums. Charles G. Martignette died in 2008 in Hallandale, Florida.

Louis K. Meisel, owner-manager of one of the oldest galleries in New York’s Soho, has published several books and articles on contemporary art. In addition to art, he collects pin-up work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive collection of works by Gil Elvgren Sept. 4 2014
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Excellent book! Contains numerous paintings by Gil Elvgren. Very comprehensive! Worth purchasing for any collectors of his artwork style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 17 2014
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Awesome art compilation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pin Up Art Jan. 8 2012
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Very satisified with condition of book. The delivery time was fast and prompt, considering the high volume of mail during this holiday season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book July 19 2008
By R. Callicotte - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm still studying and reading through it, but it has an interesting magic that's missing in many of today's similar subjects - innocence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gil elvgren July 2 2010
By hadouken - Published on Amazon.com
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Cheap book with almost every work he has ever done, almost perfect, only flaw is on some of the really old stuff from the 30's and 40's they only had old calendars to
xerox from so you dont get the detail of the brush strokes and the same clarity as the others, not low quality, still clear and can see everything nicely, but just not as perfect as the others that were actual photos of the original work or high quality copies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly! April 6 2009
By Kansuke - Published on Amazon.com
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As a photographer and artist, I whole-heartedly agree on the comments of the previous reviewers of this excellent book. Gil Elvgren's cheesecake paintings cannot be matched even by today's standards. They inspire, but cannot be imitated. The reason why I bought this particular edition is that I wore out my softcover version of this book. To fully enjoy Elvgren's work, it must be in hardcover, and in this large format. It should be noted, that this is the second printing of this book in hardcover. The first edition is a sought after collector's item, and later editions were printed in smaller formats and in paperback. So if you are a fan of Elvgren, or just discovered this master, get this book while you can!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of professional painting using airbrush and brush itself Aug. 22 2011
By Jaime Rodríguez Härtel - Published on Amazon.com
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For an artist it is important to have a collection of perfect Pin-Ups paintings, as a way of learning how modern art can combine airbrush and brush. I think that people interested in developing Graphic Design by Computers and also learn a lot from this beautiful collection.
Thank you
Jaime Rodríguez Härtel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pinups. Hot hot hot. Jan. 30 2013
By A.Soto - Published on Amazon.com
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These paintings are beautiful. This is the best book of Elvgren's pinups I have found. Decent amount of full page pictures.
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