Gil Elvgren's Private Stock.

Photographs by Gil Elvgren. Text by Tony Nourmand.
Reel Art Press, London, English, 2012. In English. 192 pp., 160 illustrations, 9¼xx¾".

Publisher's Description

The illustrated pin-up was the most popular girl in mid-twentieth century America. Long, slender legs, an impossibly small waist, bursting curves and a wide-eyed innocence felled hearts across the country. This ubiquitous vision of feminine perfection was 'The Elvgren Girl', named for her creator, Gilette A. Elvgren (1914-1980). An immensely talented artist who enjoyed a prolific, 40-year career, Gil Elvgren was a master of the female form, combining technical proficiency as a painter with an innate ability to capture a sensuous yet naive beauty in his subjects. Known as 'The Norman Rockwell of Cheesecake,' Elvgren's name ranks alongside Alberto Vargas and George Petty as one of the greatest maestros of the pin-up to have ever lived.

This volume features Elvgren's previously unseen photographic nude slide collection. It helps us build a more complete picture of his artistic process and it offers a valuable insight into the development of glamour photography. The lasting impression is of a man who loved and appreciated the female form. Its beauty and impact lies in the knowledge that one of the greatest masters of the illustrated pin-up took his inspiration from the very real flesh of womanly curves in all of their natural glory.

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