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.

 

The Lost Art of Frederick Richardson

In the last post I talked about Lost Art Books. So I would like to continue that trend talking about another of their books, The Lost Art Of Frederick Richardson.

I had no idea who he was until I saw this book in their website. It looked awesome so I got it instantly. Richardson was a turn-of-the century american illustrator that did lots of work for newspapers and also worked illustrating childern´s books. He has this kind of detailed line work I love so much.

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The book keeps the high standards of their Kley books. Crisp reproductions, good paper, but the pages are not numbered. Not much of a problem anyway. All the book is black and white, pen and ink work.

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You can see some Mucha touches here and there, some Doré too. Richardson´s art is fantastic.

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This artist is a discovery to me. Definitely recommended.