Masterpieces of Fantasy Art
Fantasy art, that colorful blend of myth, muscle and sexy maidens, took off in 1923 with the launch of Weird Tales magazine, was reinvigorated in the 1960s with The Lord of the Rings, Conan the Barbarian paperbacks with Frank Frazetta covers, and the late ’60s emergence of fantasy psychedelia. It went big in the ’70s with the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, the brilliant French magazine Métal Hurlant, and the first Star Wars film. The number of active artists peaked in that decade, but a new generation of fans discovered the genre through fantasy trading card games in the ’90s, leading to a massive interest in the art form today. Frank Frazetta’s oil paintings—when they infrequently come to market—have sold for more than $5 million in recent years. Fans line up at Comic-Cons to meet Boris Vallejo, Rodney Matthews, Greg Hildebrandt, Michael Whelan, and Philippe Druillet, and memorialize dead icons HR Giger, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, and Frazetta. Imagine how eagerly they’ll welcome TASCHEN’s Masterpieces of Fantasy Art, including all the artists listed above and more.
This monster-sized tome features original paintings, contextualized by preparatory sketches, sculptures, calendars, magazines, and paperback books for an immersive dive into this dynamic, fanciful genre. Insightful bios go beyond Wikipedia to give a more accurate and eye-opening look into the life of each artist. Complete with tipped-in chapter openers, this collection will reign as the most exquisite and informative guide to this popular subject for years to come.
Cloth, Paper, Board
15.9"L x 11.9"W x 2.3"H
— Hardcover + Clothbound with Jacket
— 532 Pages
— ISBN 978-3-8365-7210-1
— Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
— Weight: 16.35 lb
While this is technically NOT part of our regular TASCHEN Limited Edition program, which are normally signed and numbered editions, it IS part of a new series we launched this year called our Famous First Editions, meaning we will continue to reprint this book as it sells out but there were only a limited about that we printed in the first edition and we have numbered them.
When purchasing you will see your Famous First Edition number in your book, in this case there were 7500 copies worldwide printed in Italy.
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