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The Great American Pin-Up Hardcover – 25 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • 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)

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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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A 380 page coffee table book bursting at the seams with heart-stopping pin-up art of days gone by.
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.
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This title rereleased by Taschen, takes the reader on a journey to discover the best of the pin up genre by the originators and some of the best still out there. It's got artwork by greats like Vargas, Elvgren as well as Al Moore carefully selected by the books authors Charles Martignett and Louis Meisel to give the reader a title to love.

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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An excellent insite into the work of many of Americas top pin up artists. A good start for anyone who is interested in this kind of feel good art.
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bigger than i thought its the perfect size and looks a lot more pricey than it was! it makes a great gift looks really well made as well. its nice and heavy and the pages are good quality.if your buying this as a gift i wouldn't hesitate.
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Absolutely fantastic. Bigger than I thought and with high quality photos. Good for looking for art references. Don't hesitate to buy!!!
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description was spot on, and the illustrations inside ur beaut! for what i paid was solo worth it!
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Huge book for the money, full of amazing quality pics with great intro, well worth the space on your bookshelf
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Excellent . ...received as a present....very good quality prints but script is in several languages ...one of which is english!
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