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This spectacular new book explores the life and work of illustrator Edwin Georgi (1896-1964)--the first book ever on his work. Yet he is one of the stand-out artists of his era, creating magazine illustrations beginning in the late 1920s, but blossoming into a leader in the field in the 1940s-50s. "Mid-career, he developed a radical new approach--bold even by today's standards--featuring a brilliant kaleidoscope of colors. At the center of attention were his fashionable women, always fresh and shockingly gorgeous."
"His color schemes were utterly fearless, his skin tones painted in a riot of color, rendered with utter conviction." -From Dan Zimmer, publisher of Illustration Magazine and author of this fine book.
This volume is printed in full color throughout and features over 250 illustrations. The book is filled to the brim with scores of beautiful illustrations reproduced from the original paintings and drawings, rare photographs, and published tear sheets.
This is from Americanartarchives.com: “A leader in the second wave of "pretty-girl" artists: more like pin-ups without actually being pin-ups. Largely self-taught, learning his way up in ad and art agencies. A pilot in WWI, war hero, and self-made man. Style ranged from simple, posteresque lines and colors to his more famous pointillist pieces with boldly directed light, a unique use of warm shadows, and sparkling colors. Ads for Webster Cigars, Woodbury, Ford Mercury, Crane paper, Yardley, The Italian Line. In-demand illustrator for Goldenbook Magazine, Fortune, Redbook, Woman's Home Companion, Cosmo, True, Esquire, Ladies' Home Journal, Saturday Evening Post, American Girl, Liberty”.
His signature subject for much of his career was beautiful young women, as well-said above. Not pin-ups in the least, but nonetheless capturing the absolute heart-stopping appeal of youth and vitality, of casual yet riveting beauty and sex appeal. They are clothed in the best of fashion, from the latest slacks and casual wear, to flowing evening dresses that would turn eyes at any gathering. We occasionally see glimpses of the young Marilyn Monroe in the perfect portraits here, who of course was an icon of fashion in the 1950s, from her short, close-cropped hair to her charming, disarming smile.
Includes plenty of examples of his earliest work from printed pieces, starting (as you will see in one of our scans) with the streamlined, art deco era. But the majority of the book presents full page pieces of young men and women interacting, starting in the WW II years, and a great many from the original artwork. Several nudes.
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Item Code ARTEGH Publisher Illustrated Press Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9780999513804 Print Status Out of Print Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 192pg Color Full Color