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Nagel: The Art of Patrick Nagel [Hardcover]

Patrick Nagel


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December 1985
A perfect gift book, this beautifully printed reissue presents the complete art of a tremendously popular artist, Patrick Nagel. More than 100 4-color plates; 25 black-and-white illustrations. Shrink-wrapped.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Dept of (December 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912383119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912383118
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 22.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nagel (1945-1984), who was well-known as an illustrator for Playboy, also created paintings, drawings, sculpture and other works of art, all of which are amply and richly represented in this collection.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book because it is the ONLY Book. Helpful critticism June 18 2007
By Robert A. Crook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book gets 5 stars because it is currently the only book on the subject of Patrick Nagel's art. However, as a longtime Nagel junkie, I have some bones to pick with it. The purpose of this review is to give the reader a bit of its unwritten history, some guidance on its contents, and some suggestions for future editions. The last point will be discussed with the first two.

First, a bit about its history. "The book" (as Nagelphiles know it) was printed in a rush by Nagel's publisher, Mirage. Nagel died in early 1984, and the prices being realized by galleries selling his prints skyrocketed. In reality, the book is a very glossy advertisement for Nagel's work in the first years after his death. It included those originals and prints that Mirage had for sale. It is incomplete, and does not show off of the breadth or quality of Nagel's work. Any academics studying this artist's work would hold their noses when examining the images. The images were hastily collected from works on hand, and do not provide an expository of this talented artist's short life.

Second, the book is wrong in subtle but important ways. The images were (and are) iconic and popular. In fact, many were cut out and displayed as small prints by fans and fly-by-night "art" businesses. However, the colors are too often muddy and do not reflect the actual colors of the original works. As to the tirage of the limited editions and posters reflected at the end of the book, these numbers are occassionally incorrect and often do not reflect printers proofs that were signed by Nagel. Further, as to the image of "Standing Lady" and "Wasserman Silkscreen", the pictures are reversed in the book (an understandable mistake if one looks at both images, but one which underscores how quick and rough this book was when it was published.)

The bottom line: If anyone is interested in Nagel, or wishes to collect his prints, this book is a must to own. However, a new book should be written with more in depth history and analysis of the work, along with more comprehensive and higher quality examples. Where possible, notes on edition sizes for prints should be corrected where they are not precise.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book...Pity it's out of print April 30 2000
By Gail Willis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the most comprehensive book about the art of Patrick Nagel. It includes all of the paintings he did for Playboy as well as commemorative prints and sketches he did. I was surpised to see that he did a sculpture piece. It is a pity that the book is now out of print. The late Patrick Nagel was a genius. May his legend live on!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Nagel Book March 28 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An extremely well-thought out book. Contains a large body of Nagel's lavish pieces, along w/ pencil drafts, print & lithography histories. Pages are large enough for framing & compliments his distinctive palette of colours. Also available in paperback( although through another publisher at one point). A must for your coffee table or your art book collection
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty at its best March 20 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Nagel Book is one book that is worth looking at, with its awesome poster illustrations and one of a kind look at women and how beautiful and strong they are is truly something I love and now collect for my own house. I have 2 of the framed limited poster editions already and I hope to collect more!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Nagel loving Aug. 4 2010
By Chelsie Lacny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was a must-own for me. My art teacher had one in her room, and it seemed like every student wanted to imitate at least one of Nagel's masterpieces. I purchased this book before my final semester of high school art, and I spent most of the semester admiring Nagel's work.

This book is great for me to enhance my own artwork. But it's an amazing book for an art lover. My friends and I use this book just to admire some great art, and it's magnificent to flip through every once in awhile.

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