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Cover feature this issue is the brilliant work of Saul Tepper, illustrated profusely with original paintings and rare tear sheets. Of the Dean Cornwell school of realism and taught by the noted Harvey Dunn...what more needs be said. Next up is 1950s realist James Avati, who brought a new seriousness and brilliance to the world of paperback cover painting. His work for the novels of William Faulkner is famous. And here is "Gum's Graphics," examining the stunning packaging design and illustrations for chewing gum over the years.
Avati is not what you think of as a pin-up artist, but his sultry, sexy women sold hundreds of thousands of paperbacks in the 1950s and 1960s. He represented a departure from the earlier paperback standards of symbolic, representational art (such as the Dell Mapbacks, and Popular Library titles of the 1940s) and also away from the pulp style, sensational imagery of artists like DeSoto and Rudolph Bularski. Yet his covers were of the times, presenting hip, modern subjects like teenage-age delinquency and gangs, women discovering their independence and sexuality in titles like Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre. He was well-versed in the fairer sex and their ability to sell paperbacks, yet he made these women far more modern and far more human than the pin-up style work paperbacks had previously been known for.
Tepper, being trained by Harvey Dunn, who in turn was trained by Howard Pyle, carries on those dramatic, realist traditions found in the work of Pyle students like N.C. Wyeth and contemporary Frank Schoonover. His work is a product of his own times, from the 1920s to the 1940s. He was one of the giants of fiction illustration in the top-selling magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post. But he also did fine advertising work, powerful posters promoting the war efforts during WWII, and more wide-ranging subjects, from crooks and ordinary families, to the aristocracy, the rich and the beautiful.
Also: Book reviews, exhibitions and events, and more round out the issue. Much of the artwork is from the original paintings.
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Item Code IL56 Publisher Illustrated Press Publish Date 2017 ISBN 0744705654065406 Binding Magazine Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 96pg Color Full Color
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