Thursday, February 10, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Art 20th Century Genre & The Artists That Defined It

Title: Savage Art 20th Century Genre & The Artists That Defined It

Publisher: Underwood Books
RRP: $24.99

ISBN: 9781599290560

Release Date: Feb 2011


This beautifully produced full-colour collection documents Depression-era masculine violence, in fantasy and reality, as depicted on the covers of popular literature.

This popular period illustration helped create the violent visual language in today’s popular cinema, comic books and ultra-violent video games.


Savage Art is a tome of cover art from novels, posters and graphic novels from the last century. It will probably not be popular with the female reader as the artwork is from a sexist age where women were seen as objects. That being said, it is a part of history and very interesting to see how much society has changed over the years.

Some of the art work in this book will be familiar to sci-fi/fantasy and detective readers, with fantastic cover art from many famous novels.

The book is a large format, so each image is brought to life in a huge full colour.

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