[THEATRE ARTISTS CREATING MASS THEATRE] Khudozhnik v teatre [i.e. Artist in a Theatre]. A. Gvozdev.
[THEATRE ARTISTS CREATING MASS THEATRE] Khudozhnik v teatre [i.e. Artist in a Theatre]
[THEATRE ARTISTS CREATING MASS THEATRE] Khudozhnik v teatre [i.e. Artist in a Theatre]
[THEATRE ARTISTS CREATING MASS THEATRE] Khudozhnik v teatre [i.e. Artist in a Theatre]

[THEATRE ARTISTS CREATING MASS THEATRE] Khudozhnik v teatre [i.e. Artist in a Theatre]

Moscow; Leningrad: Ogiz - Ozogiz - Gos. izd-vo izobrazitel’nykh iskusstv, 1931. Item #1165

72 pp.: ill. 17.7x13 cm. In original illustrated publisher’s wrappers. Loss of the pieces of the spine, front wrapper slightly loose, previous owner’s ink inscription on the front wrapper. Otherwise a very good internally clean copy.

Rare. First edition. Wrapper design by an unknown artist.
An interesting manual on the craft of the Soviet theatre artist written by the noted literary and theatre critic Alexei Gvozdev (1887-1939). The edition offers a step-by-step guide to the work agenda of the theatre artist and defines primary goals in the quest of creating a successful mass theatre. From the comparative analysis of the pre-revolutionary and Soviet scenic design to the peculiarities of stage lighting, the publication covers different topics related to the work of the theatre artist, including theatre technologies and the use of cinema techniques on the stage. The edition includes numerous examples of successful Soviet scenic designs, most of which are attributed to the theatre of Vsevolod Meyerhold. This is particularly interesting since the author was considered one of the leading critics of Meyerhold (who fell victim to the Soviet regime) in the mid-1910s. The publication contains 15 black-and-white illustrations depicting decorations for Ozero Lyul’ [i.e. Lake Lul] (design by V. Shestakov; directed by Meyerhold in the Theatre of Revolution in 1923), Bronepoyezd 14-69 [i.e. Armoured Train 14-69] (design by N. Akimov; directed by N. Petrov in the State Academic Theatre of Drama in Leningrad in 1927), Mandat [i.e. The Mandate] (design by I. Shlepyanov, directed by V. Meyerhold in the Meyerhold Theatre in 1925), etc.
The book came out as a part of the series Art in the Masses edited by the famous Soviet artist and art critic Nikolay Maslenikov (1895-1950).

Worldcat shows copies of the edition in Harvard College Library and Amherst College Library.

Status: On Hold
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