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Gil Elvgren Complete Pin-Ups
Published by Taschen
Large-format hardcover edition at a special bestseller price
Post-depression America was in desperate need of a defining iconography that would lift it out of the black and white doldrums, and it came in the form of Gil Elvgren’s Technicolor fantasies of the American dream. His techniquewhich earned him a reputation as “The Norman Rockwell of cheesecake”involved photographing models and then painting them into gorgeous hyper-reality, with longer legs, more flamboyant hair and gravity-defying busts, and in the process making them the perfect moral-boosting eye-candy for every homesick private.