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

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  1. 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
  2. STRUGGLE The Art of Szukalski
    $35.00

    Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) was one of the great sculptors of the 20th Century. Due to geopolitical upheavals in his native Poland, a large proportion of his work was destroyed in World War II. Thanks to his move to the U.S., and the the efforts of dedicated personal acquaintances, his work has been re-evaluated and shown to the public. This is the first critical view of his work published since 1923. Szukalski “…was like a caryatid struggling to keep his ideas above the surface of the rising deluge." Learn More
  3. ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #64
    $15.00

    Cover feature is on Joe De Mers (1910-84), known for his many slick magazine illustrations of fashion and beautiful women for Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post and others, and some major film posters c.1940s and 50s. Finally a look at a personal favorite, E. Simms Campbell, famous for his gag cartoon illustrations for Esquire and Playboy, and for his comic strip Cuties in the 1940s. And a look at pulp cover artist Alex Redmond with dozens of his 1930s-era Real Detective and Real Love, among others. Nudity. Learn More
  4. SOROLLA Spanish Master of Light
    $40.00

    Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923) was the leading Spanish painter of his day, world-famous when Picasso was still struggling. This sumptuously illustrated book traces Sorolla’s career at home and abroad, focusing on more than 60 canvases: portraits, landscapes, bathers and seascapes for which he is most famous. His monumental early works established the artist’s reputation as an unflinching social realist, depicting peasants, fishermen, prostitutes and sail-makers. Rarely had Impressionist technique been turned to such provocative ends. He found a wealthy clientele toward the turn of the century, and his focus turned to sun-drenched scenes of leisure and elegant sociability: beautiful women stroll in fashionable resorts and children gambol on the seashore. Learn More
  5. THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE Forgotten Works & World of Herbert Crowley
    $125.00

    A monograph on the forgotten visionary artist Herbert Crowley (1873 – 1937), a British artist, set designer, and comic strip cartoonist. He exhibited in the Armory Show alongside Picasso, was published in the New York Herald alongside Winsor McCay--and mysteriously vanished. Crowley was an innovator at the dawn of comics, and a defining figure of the early 20th century avant-garde. His newspaper strip The Wigglemuch was printed next to Little Nemo in the New York Herald. He had a close relationship with Carl Jung, and was a noted mainstay of the burgeoning NYC experimental art scene. And yet he's been essentially erased from history. Learn More
  6. ENDLESS ENIGMA Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art
    $75.00

    This major new volume explores the ways in which artists have sought to explain their world in terms of an alternate reality, drawn from imagination, the subconscious, poetry, nature, myth and religion. From the 12th century to the present day with six themes—Monsters & Demons, Dreams & Temptation, Fragmented Body, Unconscious Gesture, Super Nature and Sense of Place. From medieval gargoyles to the 20th-century, works by Louise Bourgeois, Sigmar Polke and Pablo Picasso as well as contemporary works by Michaël Borremans and Marcel Dzama. Masterworks from the likes of Piero di Cosimo, and Titian et al. Some adult themes. Learn More
  7. MADNESS IN CROWDS The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady
    $125.00

    Famed artist and publisher Denis Kitchen has created a first-ever deluxe look at this great artist, collecting 300 images. Cady (1877–1970) was one of the definitive magazine illustrators and cartoon artists of the first half of the 20th century. He created countless overflowing worlds of anthropomorphic live: the Peter Rabbit Sunday page, the Happy Chaps for the magazine St. Nicholas, dozens of Thornton Burgess books about talking woodland animals, beloved for generations of kids. His work was translated into jigsaw puzzles, cans, games, comic books. Learn More
  8. ILLUSTRATORS QUARTERLY SPECIAL #1 Spanish Artists
    $34.99

    The inside story of the Spanish Studio/Agency (Toutain Studio) that transformed the Warren empire and brought an unprecedented realism into comics! This glorious book from Illustrators is lavishly illustrated not only with Warren art, but with other comics projects, foreign publications, special projects, even specialty paintings never before seen. Finally we learn about these amazing talents that took comics by storm in the seventies and challenged U.S. artists with their abundant talent and creativity. Some nudity. Learn More
  9. NORMAN ROCKWELL My Adventures as an Illustrator The Definitive Edition
    $40.00

    The wit, humanity, and many-sided talent of Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) are on full display in his classic and profusely illustrated autobiography. Rockwell’s New York City boyhood, his apprentice days at the Art Students League, his first fateful visit to the Saturday Evening Post, his adventures abroad, his move to rural Vermont, judging the 1922 Miss America pageant with fellow artists—all are recounted with a mix of sharp observation and self-deprecating humor. Throughout Rockwell invites the reader into his artistic process: he introduces his favorite models, candidly reveals his biggest flops, and documents the creation of a Post cover step by step. Learn More
  10. TOM LOVELL ILLUSTRATOR
    $44.95

    Tom Lovell is widely known today for his Western and fine art work, and previous books focused almost exclusively on this side of his career. This branches out to explore the artist's earlier days as an illustrator. Featuring over 270 beautiful illustrations reproduced from the original paintings and drawings, as well as scores of rarely seen tear sheets from the pulps, the slicks, and beyond, circa the 1930s to the mid-70s. Learn More

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