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Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover

In Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Taschen takes a look at the works of Alex Steinweiss, prolific artist and father of the modern album cover.

In 1940, as Columbia Records’ young new art director, Steinweiss pitched an idea: Why not replace the standard plain brown wrapper with an eye-catching illustration? The company took a chance, and within months its record sales increased by over 800 per cent.

Over the next three decades, Steinweiss made thousands of original artworks for classical, jazz, and popular record covers for Columbia, Decca, London, and Everest; as well as logos, labels, advertising material, even his own typeface, the Steinweiss Scrawl.

Via Acquire.

Vintage Vespa Girl

Via Louxo’s Enjoyables.

Las Arenas

Las Arenas, c.1932 by Jesep Renau-Montoro.

Via Modernizor.

Gene Bilbrew

At Her Vanity Table, inspired by Bettie Page and illustrated by Gene Bilbrew for EXOTIQUE #5, 1957.

Matthieu Bourel

Illustration by Matthieu Bourel for Stylist France about Sybil and multiple personality disorder. Jan 2015.


Poster by Gino Boccasile, 1955.

Tara McPherson

Paintings by Tara McPherson.

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Gil Elvgren: High and Shy

Gil Elvgren: High and Shy

Preliminary sketch in charcoal, and final artwork by Gil Elvgren.

Via Muddy Colors.

Christian Sauget

Christian Sauget

Illustrated vintage-style portraits with a dash of digital elements by Christian Sauget.

Vladimir Fuka

Bookbinding by Vladimir Fuka.