Edwin Georgi: a self-taught master (lecture 4)

Edwin Georgi was an American artist born in 1896. He was best known for his dynamic pin-up illustrations, but surprisingly, based on his talent, he did not initially pursue art as a career. During World War One, he served as a pilot and soon after attended Princeton University. He then abandoned his studies, pursued writing full-time and was hired to write copy at an ad agency. Though, this did not last long either as his employer told him he would make a better painter, and with that he was wizzed into the world of illustration.

Georgi is a master of his trade, and it is remarkable that he is a mostly self-taught and experience-based artist. I really admire the way he handles skin tones, facial expressions and fabrics. His illustrations are not only masterful but also expressive and striking. I also love that though his art was used as pin-up or pulp illustrations, it can also be seen as stand alone art.

Pulp Art Edwin Georgi
Saturday Evening Post, “The Flashy Type” (1958)
Redbook, “Old Miguel’s Girl” (1956)
Cosmopolitan, “Libby”
Saturday Evening Post, Story Art (1957)
Story Art

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One thought on “Edwin Georgi: a self-taught master (lecture 4)

  1. Mikaela,

    Nice work on McMein and Georgi! Good research and excellent images. Also appreciate your personal insights and enthusiasms. Georgi is particularly popular with the class on this post as quite a few have blogged on him. What seems attractive is his use of vivid colour and lighting.
    Good jon and keep it up.


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