Pin-up artwork exists in the strange, beguiling place. Despite being based around idealised imagery of women, there's an innocence and fun to the form - at least when done well - that keeps it on the right side of sexy/sexist.

Taschen's new book, The Art of Pin-up, brings together some of the best work in the field from 1920 to 1970. The book includes a large number of scans of the original paintings, many photographed at the Brown & Bigelow Company, the world’s largest archive of vintage pin-up calendars.

There are 10 in-depth profiles of artists including the form's big names - Alberto Vargas, George Petty and Gil Elvgren - plus work from 85 more.

The XL format (29x40cm), hardback version costs £135. More affordable versions will follow.

Read on to see artwork featured in The Art of Pin-up.

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