The Golden Age of Illustration
(1880x-1930s), was a period of
unprecedented excellence in book and magazine illustration. It developed from
advances in technology permitting accurate and inexpensive reproduction of art,
combined with a voracious public demand for new graphic art.
In Europe, Golden Age artists were influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and by
such design-oriented movements as the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau,
and Les Nabis. Leading artists included Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Aubrey Beardsley,
Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen.
American illustration of this period was anchored by the Brandywine Valley tradition,
begun by Howard Pyle and carried on by his students, who included N.C. Wyeth,
Maxfield Parrish, Frank Schoonover and Edwin Austin Abbey.
Charles Dana Gibson
Jessie Willcox Smith
James Christian Leyendecker
James Montgoemry Flagg
James Christian Leyendecker
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The Complete Works of Harrison Fisher
by Naomi Welch Hardcover: 384 pages; Images of the Past; 1st edition (Jun 1, 1999)
The book is organized into 19 chapters covering every aspect of his work including: illustrated art books, magazine cover art, posters, sheet music, calendars, candy tins, art prints, novels, Sunday newspaper supplements, magazine interior art, series, postcard panels, advertisements, programs, glassware, pocket mirrors, tape measures, collectible reproductions, and much more. The book is heavily illustrated with 1,384 images in full color.
Women Illustrators of the Golden Age
by Mary Carolyn Waldrep Paperback: 144 pages; Dover Publications; Green edition (Jun 17, 2010)
At the turn of the twentieth century, the demand for magazine and book illustrations was at an all-time high, offering women artists an unprecedented number of professional opportunities. This unique anthology features 120 color and black-and-white artworks by the Golden Age of Illustration's finest female illustrators, including Beatrix Potter, Kate Greenaway, and Jessie Willcox Smith.
Fadeaway: The Remarkable Imagery of Coles Phillips
by Coles Phillips, Jeff A. Menges (Editor), Mr. Scott Fischer (Introduction) Paperback: 96 pages; Dover Publications (Feb 13, 2019)
Coles Phillips (18801927) was among the most in-demand illustrators in his field during the 1910s and 20s. A dynamic and highly skilled watercolor artist and draftsman, Phillips created dozens of covers for mainstream American magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Life, and The Saturday Evening Post. In 1908 he created a style in which the figure in the foreground blended seamlessly into the background, rendering some amount of the clothing invisible save for the edges. Dubbed "The Fadeaway," the eye-catching technique became a huge hit and was employed to great effect by the artist for most of his career.
This original compilation features more than 80 color plates selected from two of Phillips' early collections, A Gallery of Girls and A Young Man's Fancy, in addition to images from other sources. An Introduction by illustrator and graphic designer Scott M. Fischer provides a modern appraisal and speaks to Phillips' lasting influence. Students of illustration, graphic design, and advertising as well as fans of 1920s fashion will appreciate this collection of striking works by a Golden Age designer-illustrator.
The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration
by Richard Dalby Hardcover; Gallery Books; 1st edition (Mar 1, 1991)
First U.S. edition. More than 150 illustrations--both color plates and black and white drawings--and over fifty biographies of leading artists in England and America, predominantly from the 1860's to the late l930's. Includes well-known names such as Kate Greenaway, Jessie Willcox Smith and the Robinson brothers, and less well known, but equally talented artists, such as Harry Clarke, Anne Anderson, and Margaret Tarrant. An essential work to students of children's books and the illustrators' art. 144 pages. paper-covered boards, dust jacket.
Harrison Fisher: Defining the American Beauty
by Tina Skinner Paperback: 176 pages; Schiffer Publishing (Dec 23, 1998)
Fisher portrayed the American woman as an outgoing, lively personality, wealthy and healthy. She rode horses, played tennis, and motored in the new automobiles while holding court for admiring men. Fisher's portrayals of such beauties added market value to dozens of novels as well as hundreds of magazines which clamored for his art on both their covers and inside pages. With Fisher's work extremely hot on the collectibles market, new and seasoned buyers alike will benefit from the advice of antiques dealer and Price Guide author Bruce Magnotti.
An Affair with Beauty: The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy
by James Philip Head, Foreword by Everett Raymond Kinstler Hardcover: 478 pages; North Loop Books; (Mar 3, 2019)
In Romantic Illusion
s, the second book in Head's An Affair with Beauty
trilogy, Christy once again comes to life through the eyes of Nancy Palmer Christy, his wife and former model, as she recounts her first Christmas with Howard and his family at his Ohio mansion, the Barracks, in 1912.
101 Great Illustrators from the Golden Age, 1890-1925
by Jeff A. Menges Paperback: 272 pages; Dover Publications (Feb 15, 2017)
The most comprehensive book of its kind, this gorgeous edition presents more than 600 works, over 350 in full color, by famous and lesser-known artists from the heyday of book and magazine illustration. Featured artists include Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, N. C. Wyeth, and many others 101 in all. Several examples of each artist's finest illustrations are accompanied by biographical commen
Ready to Frame Vintage Coles Phillips Prints
by Barbara Ann Kirby Paperback: 66 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Jun 5, 2017)Wall Art Made Easy: Ready to Frame Vintage Coles Phillips Prints
features thirty beautiful illustrations from Clarence Coles Phillips (October 3rd, 1880 to June 13th, 1927), the well-known American illustrator and artist. Best known for The Fadeaway Girls where their clothing matched the background and yet was still so easily defined.
Masters of American Illustration: 41 Illustrators and How They Worked
by Fred Taraba Hardcover: 432 pages; The Illustrated Press; 1st edition (Jul 15, 2011)
This book is a compilation of those 41 classic articles, which have been extensively reworked and revised with completely new artwork especially prepared for this volume. Featuring 41 of America's greatest illustrators, this book is a showcase for hundreds of reproductions of original paintings, photographs, and tearsheets of vintage printed ephemeral materials. Each artist's life and career is discussed, and their working methods are described in detail. This book is destined to be a classic, and belongs on the bookself of every serious student of American illustration history.
The Christy Girl
by Howard Chandler Christy Hardcover; The Bobbs-Merrill Company (1906)
Vintage book. Cream boards show some discoloration particularly at outside edges, front and back, and some tanning apparent in the fading of pink blossoms to a faint yellow, titles at spine very legible; binding shows many detached pages, but all appear to be present; heavy stock pages good with edge wear, but few signs of soiling or discoloration; five black and white drawings and 16 color prints very good. Unpaginated; 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.5; 1 lb.
J.C. Leyendecker: American Imagist
by Laurence Cutler, Judy Goffman Cutler Hardcover: 256 pages; Harry N. Abrams (Nov 1, 2008)
The first book about the artist in more than 30 years, J. C. Leyendecker
features his masterworks, rare paintings, studies, and other artwork, including the 322 covers he did for the Post. With a revealing text that delves into both his artistic evolution and personal life, J. C. Leyendecker restores this iconic image makers rightful position in the pantheon of great American artists.
American Beauties: The Artwork of Harrison Fisher
by Harrison Fihser Paperback: 160 pages; Dover Publications; Green edition (Sep 19, 2012)
These century-old images from a moment in our country's cultural history will appeal to enthusiasts of graphic art and illustration as well as to students of American art and popular culture.