- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Mul edition (25 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English, German, French
- ISBN-10: 3836532441
- ISBN-13: 978-3836532440
- Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 3 x 32.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great American Pin-Up Hardcover – 25 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Charles G. Martignette was an art dealer and collector of original paintings by 20th century American illustrators and artists. His gallery in Hallandale Beach, Florida, houses the world's largest collection of commercial illustration art. As of 1975 he published numerous articles about magazine, advertising, calendar, pulp, paperback, glamour and pin-up art. Paintings from his collection have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution as well as many other American and European museums. Charles G. Martignette died in 2008 in Hallandale, Florida.
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The majority of the book is concerned with the work of artists between World War II and 1970 although there is a small section at the beginning about the art deco style of the 20's and 30's.
Twenty three artists are featured in their own chapters with a round up of additional artists at the end. There are the obligatory sections on Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas as well as the technical airbrushed look of George Petty and the sultry Sophia Loren-esque paintings of Fritz Willis.
Every single picture innocently purrs "come and get it" to the viewer in a way that more explicit art of today just can't seem to manage. A naughty glimpse of stocking is always superior to a gynaecological survey. This is the stuff that GI's drooled over during the war. It's also the stuff that sold hundreds of products to America, from cola to tobacco.
All in all this is an amazing source of pin-up, most of which doesn't seem available any where else. So buy it.
The high art of cheeky cheesecake for the connosieur.
Whilst my own personal tastes for Pin-up is more along the lines of the cheeky cheesecake sense of fun, this book gives you a wonderful journey and a cracking way to get to know the artists who inspired a future generation such as Olivia DeBerardinis, Jennifer Janesko and Luis Royo. A cracking title all round and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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