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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 1 edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061151734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061151736
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The art of Boris Vallejo is characterized by beautiful maidens, heroic men and fearsome monsters while the work of his wife Julie Bell is famous for a sense of color and dramatic composition which puts her paintings in a class by themselves.

As two of the most acclaimed fantasy artists working today, Boris and Julie have produced art for album covers, trading cards, posters and calendars for (in Boris' case) 30 years -- and have seen 15 books published celebrating their breathtaking work.

Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The Ultimate Collection brings together all their greatest pieces throughout their careers, while also including some unseen new work. The book is arranged chronologically and divided into three main sections: early, middle and recent art. A narrative accompanies the paintings with captions for many of the pieces. The pages are also punctuated by quotes from Boris and Julie's peers in the fantasy art field and fans of their work, who pay homage to their art and comment on how their work has inspired them to become better artists.

About the Author

Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell are two of the world's top fantasy artists. For more than forty years, husband and wife have worked both together and separately to produce outstanding work. Boris is best known as the visual creator of Conan the Barbarian, and Julie is famous for her bestselling illustrations of the X-Men for Marvel Comics. Their books include Imaginistix, Fabulous Fantasy Women, Twin Visions, and Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The Ultimate Collection. Boris has also published two collections of his photographic work, Bodies and Hindsight.

Customer Reviews

The detail to the works by both artists is just fantastic.
Laura Koch
In conclusion, if you are a lover of the most beautiful of the best fantasy art ever created, you will love this collection by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.
Joseph J. Truncale
He has calenders from many years and when I saw the book, I just knew it was for him.
sherrielou

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Scott Sandefur on January 5, 2006
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This is a truly cool anthology of the work of both of these really great artists. For those not familiar with their work, this is a fantastic chance to review most of their best work. For those already familiar, this is a chance to have that review at their finger tips.

Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell provide very realistic looking, and often sensual or partially nude, human forms typically set in a Fantasy or Futuristic setting. Many of these also contain realistic representations of God-like and Demonic creatures. But, it is V&B's ability to capture the human form for which they really stand out. Their artistic representation of the sensual human form is second to none and this book provides the best compilation of their work I have ever seen.

Anyone who is truly interested in Sensual Artistry should absolutely have a copy of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zalman Livshiz on August 1, 2008
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I am not a big art book collector and therefore wanted to find a good collection of Boris and Julie in one book. The Ultimate collection is definitely that it's almost 200 pages in length and has a very good selection of both Boris's and Julie's work probably focusing more on Boris as he is the stronger of the 2 artists. Definitely recommend to someone who does not want to purchase all the individual Boris and Julie collections.
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I have been an avid fan of Boris Vallejo's fantasy art ever since I discovered his beautiful work many years ago. I have purchased his annual calendars for numerous years and I have also bought several of his collections. This book (The Ultimate Collection by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell), who is also a fantastic fantasy artist and his wife, is one of the best collection of beautiful paintings I have ever owned.

This book is organized into four chapters. After a brief introduction chapter one covers the early period which has paintings such as In the Vampire's kiss, underworld, Javelin, Dragon Dance, Demon in the mirror and numerous other great paintings. Chapter two shows the middle period works such as Atlas, Night, Venus in the half shell, Love on the beach, Friends and more great paintings. The third chapter covers more fantastic paintings like Mistress of fire, Mistress of air, Tiger magic, Commandos, Sunshine break, Samurai, Desire, The prize and more wonderful fantasy art. The final chapter shows various photographs and sculptures of these two masters of fantasy art. These two masters are my absolute favorite fantasy artists.

In conclusion, if you are a lover of the most beautiful of the best fantasy art ever created, you will love this collection by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. I loved this collection.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
You can't question their fundamental competence and craft. Both render with consummate expression and precision. And both celebrate the potential for raw, physical power in the human animal, and how physical power becomes beauty. As bodybuilders themselves, they celebrate the "built" physique, and how it builds differently in the male and female of our species. Now, take all that skill and mastery of human beauty, and place it amongst dragons, mer-folk, and fantastical creatures of every stripe - that's them.

As a married pair of artists, their styles have many common elements, but have not wholly converged. There's no way I could certainly distinguish one's work from the other's. Even so, a few recurring differences catch my attention. Any image featuring child figures is likely to be Julie's, often drawn from her own sons as models. Her female figures might not always have Barbie-smooth butts or be the perkiest up front - you know, they might be like real ladies are. At the same time, her female figures' bras tend toward the minimalist. If they ever appeared in real life, they'd required serious skin adhesives, where Boris's show some semblance of structural plausibility.

This is fantasy art, though. The scenes, action, settings, and everything have something of the other-world about them. Even the human figures, for all their literal rendering, have been idealized. Maybe they're drawn closely from photos, but photos of bodybuilders already capture an ideal at the extremes of human range. And, let's get back to the basic technical skill. I can't compare their subjects or moods to the old masters of oil painting, but their literality of rendering lacks nothing.

-- wiredweird
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Fischer on April 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great collection, especially for people who do not have many of the two artists previously published art books. If you do, (as I do) it is still a nice collection with a few extras thrown in. It is a good book for anyone who likes either of these two artists.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Penn on February 21, 2006
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I've been a fan of Boris Vallejo since the late 70's. He was a major inspiration for me in my own artistic aspirations. Say what you want about his composition or subject matter but you can't deny that he is the undisputed master of his technique. His wife, Julie Bell's style is almost indistinguishable from Vallejo's but she has mastered Boris' painting techniques with enough expert panache to make them her own. Although I wish there was more emphasis on Boris' earlier work, this book is a beautiful compilation of some of Vallejo and Bell's best work. The print quality of some Boris' classic pieces is below par for this type of book, but overall this is a must for longtime fans and newcomers alike.
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