Moscow; Leningrad: Izogiz, 1937. Item #1591
123 pp.: ill., 5 ills. 29,5x22,5 cm. In original cloth with colored lettering on the front cover and spine. Spine slightly rubbed, pencil signature on front endpaper, otherwise very good and clean.
First and only edition. One of 4000 copies. Complete set of 5 inserts.
Monograph by art historian Boris Nikiforov (1904-1969) about the most notable representative of socialist realism, Alexander Deineka (1899-1969). He began an art activity in Kursk where he was born. During the Civil war, he created local ROSTA Windows and designed agitational trains. Moved to Moscow, Deineka enrolled VKhUTEMAS and, with other graduates, founded OST society, then was a member of the October group and ‘Vsekokhudozhnik’ institution.
In arts, Deineka was as influential as Mayakovsky in poetry. He designed books, posters, building and street decoration, created paintings and graphics, murals and mosaics. He focused on relevant topics and the rhythm of Soviet life. He is mostly known for images of athletes praising physical strength and aesthetics of a woman’s body while Deineka was also attracted to aviation in the 1930s. Among his works are a mural ‘Civil aviation’ (1932) created for a kitchen-factory, painting ‘Parachute Jumper’ and watercolor ‘Seaplane over the bay’ (both 1934). Two Moscow Metro stations, Mayakovskaya and Novokuznetskaya, locate his mosaics.
Inserts feature his photo portrait and reproductions of 5 selected works that were printed in color.
Paper copies are located in LoC, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Indiana, Miami, Fairleigh Dickinson Universities, Getty Institute, MoMA, MET, NYPL, Cleveland Library.
Price: $550.00Status: On Hold