Perry Peterson contributed illustrations to the popular magazines during the heyday of the Saturday Evening Post and Cosmopolitan.
Peterson painted in gouache and casein, and for many years he adapted his style to the printing limitations (black + one color) of the early magazines. That made him a resourceful colorist, and when he moved into full color in the 1950s, he brought a lot of interesting ideas to his pictures.
His paintings were executed quickly, with bold shapes, dynamic brushstrokes, and strong shadows. He only approached the finished painting after plenty of planning, making use of reference photos of models and props.
Sometimes he had photos of models taken in a professional studio in New York City, and other times he shot his reference at home with friends and family.
The book starts out with a biography written by illustration historian Dan Zimmer, who began collecting Peterson’s originals many years ago.
At the beginning of the biographical section, he includes many of Peterson’s sketches, reference photos, and preliminary studies. After page 26, it’s all original art and tearsheets.
The Art of Perry Peterson is 224 pages long, 9×12 inches, hardcover.