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Elvgren [Hardcover]

Charles G Martignette , Louis K Meisel
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April 1 2008 Taschen 25th Anniversary Special Editions
Après la Grande Dépression, l'Amérique avait cruellement besoin d'un nouveau genre d'iconographie qui la sorte de son marasme noir et blanc, renouveau qui a pris la forme des fantasmes en technicolor de Gil Elvgren illustrant le rêve américain. Sa technique, qui lui valu le surnom de " Norman Rockwell du cheesecake ", consistait à photographier des modèles avant de les peindre d'une manière hyperréaliste en les sublimant avec des jambes plus longues, des chevelures plus flamboyantes et des poitrines défiant la loi de la gravité: un régal pour les yeux, de quoi remonter le moral à tous les soldats qui avaient le mal du pays.

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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"

About the Author

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 Five Stars Aug. 17 2014
Awesome art compilation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pin Up Art Jan. 8 2012
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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.
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Jaime Rodríguez Härtel
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE REMBRANDT OF GLAMOUR AND PINUP ART ! March 21 2008
By Dick Bobnick - Published on Amazon.com
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He wasn't the first but he was the best. In terms of technique, taste and visual impact Gil Elvgren ranks as the modern day Rembrandt in the world of illustration of beautiful women. He was my principal inspiration as I am a nationally published illustrator and am frequently called upon to paint beautiful girls in ads. As a student at the University of Minnesota, majoring in studio art, my style and artistic goals were the pariah of most of the art faculty except the very best artist they had on the faculty staff. He understood what I wanted to achieve and I never got less than an A in any studio class. In my senior year I visited Brown & Bigelow Company in St. Paul, where I lived, and submitted samples to Clair Fry, the famous art director who commissioned Elvgren and many other top flight artists for their famous calendars. It was then that I learned that none of these men were on staff but located across the country. He loved my work and gave me great early advice as to how to get going in the commercial art business as they knew nothing about that at the U. of M. I followed his advice and started my career which has lasted over thirty years.

Gil Elvgren was the best for the reasons I previously stated but in addition his work was always in good taste. His girls were downright wholesome and "the girl next door type". They often had the look of being unaware that they were being watched and were usually caught in somewhat innocent and private moments. His work could never ever be termed salacious or perverse as so many of his later day copiers are. The art of the pinup, for the most part, has degenerated somehwhat since Gil Elvgrens day. It probably started with the advent of Playboy and Penthouse magazine and their "foldouts". As long as we have these wonderful retrospective books on artists like Elvgren the public will have the chance to see what great pinup art used to be by the absolute master of the genre.

For anyone interested in my contributions to this art genre my official website is [...] .
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