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Mirage [Paperback]

Boris Vallejo , Doris Vallejo
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1 Aug 1983
First published in 1997, Mirage took the fantasy world on a whirlwind tour, introducing us to paintings so bold, so provocative and superb that it became a major success. This astounding volume showcases alluring paintings of sensuous women and strong men, set against mythical, otherworldly backgrounds, and contains over 40 color and black and white illustrations, as well as 8 full pages of new, never before seen or published art work.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Tiger; Reprinted edition edition (1 Aug 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0905895762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0905895765
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 22.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 21 Mar 2008
I have the older version of this book; I noticed that it said it has now been brought up to date with the addition of eight new paintings. Well, that's excellent news! You will not be disappointed with the content of this book, it never ceases to amaze how Boris (and indeed his wife, Julie Bell) manipulates paint to create such flawless figures in colourful, fantastical worlds such as these.

At the beginning of the book, you will find a collection of pencil drawings that I find just as appealing as the paintings shown later in the book. Boris Vallejo masters the light in these drawings and striking results are produced.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in erotic illustration, for Boris Vallejo is one of the true masters in this field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have it back 28 Jun 2014
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I owned a copy of this amazing book shortly after it was first published but had to part it at some point. Was made up to get it when it arrived. Although I had to wipe the cover from smoking stains, the pages were in very good condition. I consider having bagged myself a bargain. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic and beautifully illustrated 20 Jan 2000
By Derek Roche - Published on
Boris Vallejo, to me, is an exceptional artist. He is also my first inspirational artist. At school, I had seen his images but never knew directly anything about Boris. So, I went and found some information and as soon as I discovered the many books on his art, I made it my business to try and get them all. Mirage is truely a beautiful part of my collection. The images of the women embracing demons, in seductive poses and their fleshy vibrancy really make this book attractive. At the start of the book, which I found helpful with my drawing, are graceful images drawn in pencil. Delicate particles of graphite sculpted to create beautiful images. What makes Boris a great artist is his ability to see, not just to view a body in 2D but to see all the angular parts of the body. This is best demonstrated in his shading and the way he captivates light illuminating the body. This book also contains erotic landscapes, and I say erotic because they clearly depict forms of an erotic and sexual nature. The text pieces accompanying the images are abstract but they do add to the mystery and interpretations of each and every picture. If you are a collector of art books or anything to do with the fantasy art genre, I would honestly recommend this as a book to have, simply because of the depictions, the colour and because it's Boris, Boris at his best. Look for the washing image and the soapy bubbles and the woman's rear!---Magnificent and realistic.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of figure and fantasy 18 Aug 2005
By wiredweird - Published on
This book collects a series of Boris' paintings, plus a few very detailed pencil drawings, done between 1979 and 1982. If you're not already familiar with Boris' work - well, you probably are whether you know it or not. He has done years work of book covers for Edgar Rice Burroughs, as well as reams of posters. The one constant through all his work is passion for the human form and human power, both male and female.

These paintings range from the lush and sensual to humorous or macabre. A hookah come to life has a demonic presence, but a bar of soap come to life (and licking the bather) is more charming and a little silly. Even the simplest pictures have overtones - that bather is truly a beautiful woman, leaving me just a little envious of such close contact. Maybe not envious either, but off in thoughts of my own. And the preface is right, 'erotic' is much too simple a word for all the different feelings and combinations of feelings that come from having or holding a strong, healthy body.

My only complaint is a sameness in the female figures presented. The faces are beautiful, long and elegant, but mostly the same. The figures - the one figure, really is beautiful, but I value the uniqueness of a figure and the differences between figures. Cloning can serve a narrative purpose, certainly, but sameness wears. Even the loveliness of Danielle Anjou, acknowledged as a principal model and collaborator, wears.

Boris is the master of the figure in fantasy art, and has been for many years. This is a great sample from an earlier time in his career. It's almost impossible not to like.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best Boris Vallejo art collection - buy this 1st 6 Mar 2005
By HARRISON CHUA - Published on
If you are a fan of Boris Vallejo, or are thinking about buying a book of fantasy art -- this book should be the first one you buy. This is an absolute must-have for any art book collection, fantasy art or otherwise. Of all of Boris Vallejo's work to date -- this book by far has all his best art.

Boris Vallejo is by far the best fantasy artist EVER! His 1970s and 1980s art is by far much better than his current work, as is evident from the Mirage book. The figures/subjects in his early work in the Mirage book look like they actually belong in the painted scene. Many other fantasy artists draw subjects in scenes that look like models posing for a painting -- and look really stiff like cardboard. Boris meshes the scenes perfectly and transports you into another world with his vivid depictions of fantasy characters.

I recommend buying Boris Vallejo books in the following order:

1) Mirage

2) Fantasy Art Techniques -- buy it even if you're not an artist.

3) Enchantment

4) Dreams

5) Sketchbook

Verdict: Buy it!

Reviewed by Harrison Chua.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sirens and Harpies and D-Cups... Oh, My! 2 Jan 2006
By K. David Krueger - Published on
I'm a long-time Boris fan. I actually own this in hardback, purchased over twenty years ago. It still is one of my favorite art books even after two decades.

Okay, why "Mirage" and not some other Boris book? This isn't a just some anthology of book covers. Quite simply, it has the finest collection of sensual fantasy art I've seen. I say sensual and not erotic because there is a difference. Boris paints lots of skin in this collection... plenty of gorgeous female pulchritude, but it keeps to the tasteful side lecherous. Oh, there are a couple of male figures as well, and they're just as well executed as his females, so you can't fault him there, either.

But don't think this is a series of illustrations with some poetry (by the artist's then-wife) thrown in to justify a book full of nudes. There's always a heavy element of high (or sometimes low) fantasy in every scene... that's fantasy as in mythic, not fantasy as in Penthouse Letters, even though Bob Guccione would have jumped at the opportunity to have any of these women grace the pages of his magazine. And to the surprise of some, there are several very humorous images as well.

Yet there is some truly incredible art in this collection as well. There is one painting of a triton and mermaid... uh... "disporting" themselves underwater that still stands out after twenty-plus years as one of my favorite pieces of art regardless of style, genre or medium. That's saying something.

If you find nudity objectionable, skip this book... you'll never get past all the skin to see the art behind it. Some of the images are slightly disturbing. Some are what I'd consider "filler" to add volume to the book, not as appealing or creative as many of the others. Yet there are some that are simply stunning... breathtaking in color, style and subject, and that makes up for any weaknesses the rest might suffer.

And as I mentioned, there is poetry included as well, contributed by Boris' wife (before Julie Bell). As far as open verse goes, she does respectably well. Some of the poems are rather forgettable, but others may appeal to the individual reader. I like Dylan Thomas and a few other modern poets who use free verse, so the style doesn't bother me a bit. Still, on the whole, the art is why I got the book, not the poetry.

If you want art by daVinci and verse by Tennyson, save your money... you'll be disappointed. Personally, I enjoy art by Boris and poems by Doris just as well.

Overall, an incredible collection well worth the acquiring.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, Gorgeous work 4 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I've been a fan of Boris' work ever since I first bought the 1978 TARZAN Calendar. I've been buying just about every calendar and book he's put out since. But THIS book-- remains my favorite. Every piece included was done specifically for this collection. A few years after it came out, one of his calendars was made up of paintings from here; I only wish ALL of them were available calendar-size! The beauty and imagination that he puts into every piece is a joy for the soul and an inspiration to fantasy artists!
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