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Illustrators and other artists in books, magazines and DVDs from before the 1950s.

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  1. GUSTAV KLIMT AT HOME

    Regular Price: $35.00

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    This handsome volume explores the influences of Vienna and other places Klimt visited and called home in his life and work. Fully illustrated, the book features paintings, including his famous nudes and portraits of lovely women, archive imagery and photographs of the surrounding city and landscape to provide an insight into how the people and places of his life relate to his work. Klimt was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. He was both influenced by and shaped the city of Vienna at the turn of the century. Learn More
  2. ART OF JON WHITCOMB DELUXE SLIPCASED
    $150.00

    This limited deluxe edition, number 66 of 100, comes in a pink cloth slipcase, and has a tipped in plate signed by Daniel Zimmer. A spectacular new art book from The Illustrated Press. 300 full color images, many from original paintings and drawings, plus rare photographs, and lots of magazine covers, advertising pieces, and story illustrations. Whitcomb was a pioneer in the switch from oil to gouache. He zoomed in on people, usually pretty young women, and became one of the top illustrators from the '40s to the 1960s, a major contributor in Collier's, McCalls', Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and other major magazines. Learn More
  3. MADNESS IN CROWDS The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady Deluxe Edition
    $325.00

    Very limited availability--possibly only available from the publisher and ourselves. Special slipcased edition with an embedded removable magnifying lens, a fold-out 3D Road to Wealth print, a pair of 3D glasses, a Harrison Cady postcard, and a DRM-free digital edition of the book. Famed artist and publisher Denis Kitchen and his daughter Violet Kitchen have created the first-ever comprehensive examination of this great artist, while collecting an amazing array of 300 generally scarce images. Learn More
  4. ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #65
    $15.00

    Featuring the work of Coles Phillips, the legendary designer and magazine cover artist known for his creation of the "Fade-Away Girl"; this issue showcases numerous examples of his original art, printed tear sheets, and rare photographs. Next up is Aiden Ripley, a frequent cover artist for the legendary pulp magazine, Adventure, in the 1920s and 30s, inspired by Howard Pyle. He went on to a prolific career in sports illustration. Plus a short piece on J.C.Leyendecker, and a great piece on the first major black cartoonist Ollie Harrington, his comic strips and editorial cartoons.

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  5. HENRY PATRICK RALEIGH The Confident Illustrator

    Regular Price: $34.95

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    Henry Patrick Raleigh rose from school dropout at age 12 to esteemed Saturday Evening Post illustrator within the span of two decades. During his nearly forty-year career, Raleigh was one of the highest paid newspaper and magazine artists in the United States, creator of iconic World War I propaganda posters, and arguably the most prominent story illustrator of the Jazz Age. This is the first book ever on the artist, and it's beautifully done. It features an abundance of full color work, from crowd and party scenes to wonderful advertising pieces. Learn More
  6. RUSSIAN PAINTING 1800-1945

    Regular Price: $49.95

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    From the earliest examples of national art at the beginning of the nineteenth century and the romantic seascapes of Aivasovsky, to the great Realists such as Ilya Repin and the innovators of the Russian avant-garde, Russian painting offers a wealth of works of art to discover. Chapters include Classicism to Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Symbolism, and Russian Avante-Garde. Grandiose landscapes, haunting portraits, and exciting artistic experiments—hardly any other artistic nation offers a comparable variety of styles and artistic personalities. Learn More
  7. THE ART OF RAFAEL DESOTO
    $44.95

    This is the consummate art book on the life of pulp, paperback, and men's adventure magazine artist Rafael DeSoto, with reproductions taken directly from DeSoto's original paintings, as well as working drawings, reference photos, rare proof sheets of pulp and paperback covers, as well as historic family photos. He began drawing pulp covers in 1932 and because he was 4F, was one of very few pulp artists to work through the war years. He worked in pulps until the very end in the early 1950s, while expanding into doing paperback covers for Ace, Bantam, Dell, Lion, Signet, and Pocket Books, including the iconic "H Is For Heroin." He also worked for the slicks and for men's magazines. Learn More
  8. 100 FAVORITE ILLUSTRATIONS FROM COLLIER'S MAGAZINE 1898-1914

    Regular Price: $24.95

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    This volume presents the best color and black-and-white images from two rare portfolios, originally printed in 1908 and 1914. Featured artists include Charles Dana Gibson, whose contract with Collier's made his "Gibson Girl" a fixture in American culture, and Maxfield Parrish, who created many illustrations and covers for the magazine. Additional contributors include Howard Pyle, Jessie Willcox Smith, J. C. Leyendecker, Frederic Remington, and other noteworthy American artists of the early twentieth century. Bios of all contributing artists. Learn More
  9. AN EVENING IN THE CLASSROOM

    Regular Price: $19.95

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    Illustrator and painter Harvey Dunn was deeply influenced by Howard Pyle. Pyle's Brandywine students became some of the most important and well-regarded artists of the twentieth century, including N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith...and Dunn, who went on to influence the next generation of artists. During the course of an evening in 1934, while Dunn was teaching at Grand Central School of the Arts, Miss Taylor recorded his comments and criticisms. These notes later surfaced in a slim, limited-edition volume. Enhanced by Dunn's striking woodcut images, the book provides a flavorful re-creation of the atmosphere in his classroom. Learn More
  10. AN AFFAIR WITH BEAUTY The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy
    $46.00

    Fame, fortune, and beautiful models – Howard Chandler Christy had them all. He was the most famous American painter of the Jazz Age, a time when an elite brotherhood of New York artists dominated the publishing world. Christy had eclipsed all of them with his “Christy Girl,” an idealized woman who redefined beauty and influenced fashion. In Romantic Illusions, the second book in James Philip Head’s trilogy, Christy tells of his early years studying art in near-poverty in New York City and his sudden ascent to stardom as the top pupil of William Merritt Chase, the premier portrait painter in America. Learn More

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