100 Il­lus­tra­tors

In­spi­ra­tion over­load You’ll be en­ter­tained for hours as you take in the work of some of the big­gest names in mod­ern il­lus­tra­tion

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These two mas­sive, shiny bun­dles of in­spi­ra­tion are a re­sult of the Taschen team and Amer­i­can au­thor and art di­rec­tor Steven Heller com­plet­ing the tricky task of nar­row­ing down a field of 600 il­lus­tra­tors to a se­lec­tion of the 100 most sig­nif­i­cant.

“These were the leg­endary ones, the ones who not only had a stun­ning body of work, but also played a sig­nif­i­cant part in the his­tory of con­tem­po­rary il­lus­tra­tion,” notes Taschen di­rec­tor Julius Wiede­mann in the open­ing pages.

What fol­lows is more in­spi­ra­tion in any one place than any artist could wish for. Whether you like ab­stract, car­toons, im­pres­sion­ist, comic or gothic art, this is an im­pres­sive and di­verse collection, in­clud­ing artists such as Gary Base­man, Mirko Ilic and Anita Kunz. Each en­try starts with a self-por­trait, which leads into six pages of the artist’s best work printed on heavy, opaque paper. There’s also a short yet in­ter­est­ing pro­file of each il­lus­tra­tor from Steven Heller.

The people at Taschen have done a fine job at choos­ing and pre­sent­ing the fi­nal 100 in these two huge hard­cover vol­umes. It’s a vis­ual treat and a fine sur­vey of world­wide con­tem­po­rary de­sign.

The two hard­cover vol­umes are pre­sented in a slip­case.

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