- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Publisher: Random House (1982)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0022681YW
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mirage by Boris Vallejo Hardcover – 1982
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These paintings range from the lush and sensual to humorous or macabre. A hookah come to life has a demonic presence, but a bar of soap come to life (and licking the bather) is more charming and a little silly. Even the simplest pictures have overtones - that bather is truly a beautiful woman, leaving me just a little envious of such close contact. Maybe not envious either, but off in thoughts of my own. And the preface is right, 'erotic' is much too simple a word for all the different feelings and combinations of feelings that come from having or holding a strong, healthy body.
My only complaint is a sameness in the female figures presented. The faces are beautiful, long and elegant, but mostly the same. The figures - the one figure, really is beautiful, but I value the uniqueness of a figure and the differences between figures. Cloning can serve a narrative purpose, certainly, but sameness wears. Even the loveliness of Danielle Anjou, acknowledged as a principal model and collaborator, wears.
Boris is the master of the figure in fantasy art, and has been for many years. This is a great sample from an earlier time in his career. It's almost impossible not to like.
Boris Vallejo is by far the best fantasy artist EVER! His 1970s and 1980s art is by far much better than his current work, as is evident from the Mirage book. The figures/subjects in his early work in the Mirage book look like they actually belong in the painted scene. Many other fantasy artists draw subjects in scenes that look like models posing for a painting -- and look really stiff like cardboard. Boris meshes the scenes perfectly and transports you into another world with his vivid depictions of fantasy characters.
I recommend buying Boris Vallejo books in the following order:
2) Fantasy Art Techniques -- buy it even if you're not an artist.
Verdict: Buy it!
Reviewed by Harrison Chua.
Okay, why "Mirage" and not some other Boris book? This isn't a just some anthology of book covers. Quite simply, it has the finest collection of sensual fantasy art I've seen. I say sensual and not erotic because there is a difference. Boris paints lots of skin in this collection... plenty of gorgeous female pulchritude, but it keeps to the tasteful side lecherous. Oh, there are a couple of male figures as well, and they're just as well executed as his females, so you can't fault him there, either.
But don't think this is a series of illustrations with some poetry (by the artist's then-wife) thrown in to justify a book full of nudes. There's always a heavy element of high (or sometimes low) fantasy in every scene... that's fantasy as in mythic, not fantasy as in Penthouse Letters, even though Bob Guccione would have jumped at the opportunity to have any of these women grace the pages of his magazine. And to the surprise of some, there are several very humorous images as well.
Yet there is some truly incredible art in this collection as well. There is one painting of a triton and mermaid... uh... "disporting" themselves underwater that still stands out after twenty-plus years as one of my favorite pieces of art regardless of style, genre or medium. That's saying something.
If you find nudity objectionable, skip this book... you'll never get past all the skin to see the art behind it. Some of the images are slightly disturbing. Some are what I'd consider "filler" to add volume to the book, not as appealing or creative as many of the others. Yet there are some that are simply stunning...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gift for my son and he loved it. He's a big fan of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.Published 4 months ago by Beverly Duchene
I own all of the Boris Vallejo/Julie Bell books. If I had to be stranded on a desert island and could have only one of their books, this one would be it. Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Satyrman63
I lost my original copy of "Mirage". I love the art work of Boris Vallejo. I simply HAD to replace it.Published on November 3, 2013 by Leo Babin
Although this was a used book, it was in exellent condition. Boris Vallejo is the master in the art of drawing people. This book was a gift to my brother. Awesome reading!!Published on January 8, 2013 by Lanette Arguello
This book contains a number of full color works, offset by poetry, and a number of pencil drawings offset by more fundamental discussions. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Christopher R. Travers