➔ Ackerman's Fine Art
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 theform of Gil Elvgren's Technicolor fantasies of the American dream. His technique-which 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.
Dr Charles G Martignette, Louis K Meisel
➔ Gil Elvgren: All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups [Taschen 25th Anniversary Special Editions]
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