Leningrad: printed by the author, typography of the Academy of Arts, 1928. Item #1229
47,  p. 24,5x18 cm. Original illustrated wrappers. Few tears of the spine, otherwise in very good condition.
First and only edition. One of 1200 copies.
The book summarizes the works of Solomon Yudovin (1892-1954), Jewish, Belorussian and Soviet artist, the distinct representative of ‘the jewish renaissance’.
Solomon Yudovin was no doubt one of the figures who helped to define and picture the face of jewish art of the first quarter of XXth century. As a young man he has participated in the ethnographic expeditions, organized by his uncle Semyon An-Skiy (1863-1920) and the Jewish Historical Ethnographical Society across the Pale of Settlement in Ukraine and Belarus. The goal of these expeditions, held in 1912-1914 were to capture the everyday life and culture of the people across the Pale. Yudovin has worked as a photographer, artist and secretary, and as a result has collected a lot of data on the Jewish household items, ritual accessories, gravestones (matzevah), synagogue paintings, Jewish ornaments etc. These ornaments, pictured by Yudovin has influenced all the artists who was working in traditional style at the time, like Rybak and Lissitzky and became an important element of Jewish visual culture. and He has experimented with photos from the expeditions, in the method of photo-impressionism, but soon has found his main style of art that was the woodcuts and linotypes.
Yudovin was active in Vitebsk in the first years after the revolution of 1917, where he has collaborated with Marc Chagall. In 1918 he participated in the decoration of the city of Vitebsk for the parade of the first anniversary of October Revolution - the occasion for which Chagall famously did an open call to all the local artists in the newspaper ‘Izvestiya Vitebskogo Gubernskogo Soveta’ urging them to produce ‘big and expressive’ posters. Next year Chagall and Yudovin has participated in the exhibition of Jewish artists in Vitebsk.
This book consists of 49 woodcuts and also includes the list of all the woodcuts and linotypes produced by the artist to the day.
In 1941-42 Yudovin has created a series of woodcuts picturing Leningrad under siege - this series became one of his best-known works.