The Art of Dean Cornwell

Today we have a book about Dean Cornwell, also known as The Dean of Illustrators. Painter and illustrator, he worked in many of the same fields as other famous artists of his time as Norman Rockwell and particularly he excelled at murals.

 

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For some reason there are not so many books as it should be about Cornwell. There is an excellent one called Dean Of Illustrators, by Patricia Janis Broder but it is out of print (I was lucky to get the re-print made in 2000) and not much more to my knowledge.

Enter The Art of Dean Cornwell. This is a limited edition book (1.000 copies) funded by crowd-funding and edited by the Illustrated Press. Unfortunately is already out of print too but still is worthy talking about (even if only to show off). The book comes with a slipcase (it is not to easy to get the book out of it) and it is a 224 pages hardcover book of super high quality content. My copy is signed by the author Daniel Zimmer, number 19 out of 100 signed books.

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After a pretty good introduction about Dean´s life and story (with some great pictures of the man himself and models) we get straight into the art. And what art. I always loved Cornwell but there is so much stuff I had not seen before. We get the whole range of his work: book art, magazine work, mural, paintings, sketches… He was incredibly skilled and with  great knowledge of anatomy so he could tackle practically any subject.

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As I said both of his books are out of print. This is really terrible news and I hope this situation gets fixed as soon as possible.

 

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2 Howard Pyle books

Hello, back after too long time messing with that thing called life.

Howard Pyle was simply a master. Famous all over the world, he was an incredible painter and also teacher of a whole bunch of first-rate artists in what is call the Brandywine school. He illustrated Robin Hood, pirates books, King Arthur and wrote some novels too. He was really a complete artist.

And today we have 2 books about his art.

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The first one is a Dover book, Dover being that publishing  company I absolutely adore. This time they bring us 67 plates of Pyle´s work divided in the following genres: pirates, patriots, paladins, parable & myth, princesses and there is a tailpiece too. Most of the images are in color, though you can find some black and white line work too. Also we have an introduction where they tell us about the man´s life and career. Reproduction is great and the book it is just 15.95 bucks.

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This book is really a great introduction to Pyle and perfect gateway to our second book today: Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered.

This is a collection of essays about Pyle and different sides of his life and career, all beautifully illustrated by Pyle´s art and also some of his influences. This book was published bye the Delaware Art Museum for an exhibition of the artist´s work so it is a thorough and serious book this one. All chapters contain bibliography and there are even a couple of photos of the master at work.

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This a scholar and interesting book and definitely a must for all Pyle´s fans. I believe it is out of print now but you can find second-hand very easily.

Go for both, you can´t never have enough Pyle in your life.