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ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #58

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ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #58

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Our Highest Recommendation. Special issue entirely on James Montgomery Flagg. This Special Issue features the brilliant work of James Montgomery Flagg, from cover to cover, profusely illustrated with original drawings, superb paintings newly scanned from the original artwork, posters, photographs, and rare tear sheets and covers from vintage magazines. From early pen & ink Life Magazine covers, circa 1908, to personal nudes, to World War II posters and into the 1950s, extraordinary work by one of the finest artists of the Golden Age of Illustration.

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This Special Issue features the brilliant work of James Montgomery Flagg, from cover to cover, profusely illustrated with original drawings, superb paintings newly scanned from the original artwork, posters, photographs, and rare tear sheets and covers from vintage magazines. From early pen & ink Life Magazine covers, circa 1908, to personal nudes, to World War II posters and into the 1950s, extraordinary work by one of the finest artists of the Golden Age of Illustration.

From the editor: "I've wanted to feature Flagg's work in these pages for many years, and I've always felt that nothing short of a deluxe full-length treatment would be appropriate for such a larger-than-life character and career."

From Wikipedia: At his peak, Flagg was reported to have been the highest paid magazine illustrator in America. In 1946, Flagg published his autobiography, Roses and Buckshot. Apart from his work as an illustrator, Flagg painted portraits which reveal the influence of John Singer Sargent. Flagg's sitters included Mark Twain and Ethyl Barrymore; his portrait of boxer Jack Dempsey now hangs in the Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery. In 1948, he appeared in a Pabst Blue Ribbon magazine ad which featured the illustrator working at an easel in his New York studio with a young lady standing at his side and a tray with an open bottle of Pabst and two filled glasses sat before them.

I find it interesting that Everett Raymond Kinstler was very strongly influenced by Flagg's work, in both his pen and his paintings. Kinstler meet Flagg early in his own career, and proceeded to befriend the famous artist in the final years of his life--he died in 1960.

Flagg's fine line pen and ink work rivals early practitioners including Franklin Booth, Orson Lowell, Gordon Grant and even Joseph Clement Coll. He also designed iconic wartime posters for both World Wars; images like the one on this cover became amongst the most famous of both wars. He was also a great character, doing humorous pieces including nudes for friends and fellow artists.

There has been just one book published about Flagg and his work, way back in 1974. See our Rare Books Section or call, in case we have one in stock.

Also in this issue: the always-excellent Book Reviews section, which we examine very closely ourselves, in case we missed anything. In fact, we did, we found Pioneers of German Graphic Design which we will be bringing in! But I'm always pleased when most of the titles examined we already have in stock, as is often the case. We do try to stay on top of the best books in this area, as does editor Dan Zimmer and his staff of reviewers.

Also: Exhibitions and Events, and more round out the issue. Perfect bound. Contains some nudity.

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Item Code IL58
Publisher Illustrated Press
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 07447056540658
Binding Magazine
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 80pg
Color Full Color
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