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Vintage Dinosaur Art – Stories from Fantasia

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Over the years, we (OK, I) have been taken to task on several occasions for sticking the Vintage label on books that aren’t that old and, more to the point, often quite mediocre (or even bad). And as I say every time, it’s because the name of the series stuck. However, here we have one of the oldest things that I’ve covered in quite some time – Stories from Walt Disney’s Fantasia, published in 1940 by Random House. Yes, it’s…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Konstantin Flyorov

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Здравствуйте, comrades! Today, we are going to sneak past the Iron Curtain to see what the palaeoartists in the USSR were getting up to! Let’s get the obligatory joke out of the way first: in Mother Russia, dinosaur art review YOU! Ever since Zoë Lescaze’s monolithic book Paleoart came out, reviewed by me here, we’ve been wisening up to the fact that some of the most interesting Vintage Dinosaur Art was being produced under the Soviet regime. And no Soviet…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Extinct Animals

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I’ve found another very old dinosaur book! This one was released in 1946, and it’s a short but sweet one. The author and illustrator is one Hilary Stebbing, a stalwart of children’s literature of the mid-20th century. It’s rare to find dinosaur art from the 1940’s, a quiet time for palaeontology for obvious reasons, so kudos to Stebbing for getting this book out! I always like to give some biographical information or historical context when reviewing a book like this,…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Verdwenen Werelden – Part 3

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Here we are again with Verdwenen Werelden, Marie Hubrecht’s masterpiece and the gift that keeps on giving. As we always do, we’ve started off by showing you all the dinosaur stuff. Then, we went to the more recent past to look at some mammals. That leaves us with the many depictions of marine life Hubrecht put onto canvas with gouache, panache and all the homebrew passion of a determined amateur. Let’s, ahem, dive in. This is actually the very first…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Verdwenen Werelden – Part 2

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Welcome back to Verdwenen Werelden, an eccentric old book by an eccentric old lady! Last time, we looked at some of the fantastic dinosaur scenes from our unlikely heroine Maria Hubrecht. Today, I want to focus on the many Cenozoic paintings she made for the book. Unlike the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic paintings, none of these have any equivalent in the murals of the current Joke Smit college. These are all original works produced for the book only. Maria Hubrecht very…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Verdwenen Werelden – Part 1

Vintage Dinosaur Art

There is nothing better than getting your hands on a forgotten, but important, volume of vintage palaeoart, and, folks, palaeoart doesn’t come much more vintage than this. The work featured today precedes Burian, Zallinger and Parker, but in many ways was ahead of its time. When you think of “stylized” palaeoart, you might think of modern figures such as Raven Amos, Johan Egerkrans or our own David Orr, but this book shows that even in the early 20th century there…

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