Item #1985 [JACK OF DIAMONDS] Sbornik statei po iskusstvu / izdanie Obshchestva khudozhnikov ‘‘Bubnovy valet’’ [i.e. Collection of Essays on Art: #1 and only / Published by Jack of Diamonds]
[JACK OF DIAMONDS] Sbornik statei po iskusstvu / izdanie Obshchestva khudozhnikov ‘‘Bubnovy valet’’ [i.e. Collection of Essays on Art: #1 and only / Published by Jack of Diamonds]
[JACK OF DIAMONDS] Sbornik statei po iskusstvu / izdanie Obshchestva khudozhnikov ‘‘Bubnovy valet’’ [i.e. Collection of Essays on Art: #1 and only / Published by Jack of Diamonds]
[JACK OF DIAMONDS] Sbornik statei po iskusstvu / izdanie Obshchestva khudozhnikov ‘‘Bubnovy valet’’ [i.e. Collection of Essays on Art: #1 and only / Published by Jack of Diamonds]
[JACK OF DIAMONDS] Sbornik statei po iskusstvu / izdanie Obshchestva khudozhnikov ‘‘Bubnovy valet’’ [i.e. Collection of Essays on Art: #1 and only / Published by Jack of Diamonds]
[JACK OF DIAMONDS] Sbornik statei po iskusstvu / izdanie Obshchestva khudozhnikov ‘‘Bubnovy valet’’ [i.e. Collection of Essays on Art: #1 and only / Published by Jack of Diamonds]

[JACK OF DIAMONDS] Sbornik statei po iskusstvu / izdanie Obshchestva khudozhnikov ‘‘Bubnovy valet’’ [i.e. Collection of Essays on Art: #1 and only / Published by Jack of Diamonds]

Item #1985

Moscow: Bubnovyi valet; Tipo-lit. N.M. Mikhailova, [1913]. 78 pp.: ill. 22,5x18,5 cm. Modern binding, few first pages are restored (margins, not affecting the text). Otherwise very good. Contemporary notes in pencil in text, including one under Lentulov’s composition suggesting a name for it (now known under a different name) - likely done by the contemporary person within the ‘Jack of Diamonds’ circle. First edition. One of 500 copies. Very rare.

"Collection of Essays" (issue 1 and only) was published in Moscow in the first half of February 1913 and was timed to the 3rd and 4th exhibitions of the group in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The main material of the collection was the article by I.A. Aksyonov, “On the Question of the Current State of Russian Painting”. In it, the author argues that contemporary young artists are “mostly painters’’. These are I.I. Mashkov, A.V. Kuprin, A.V. Lentulov, P.P. Konchalovsky, R.R. Falke and A.A. Exter. Aksyonov, characterizing each of these artists, emphasizes, on the one hand, their independence from French painting, and on the other, their connection with European painting traditions. He sees their independence in the “distinct nationality of creativity” and speaks of “an unprecedented high level of pure painting for our country”. The publication of two articles - a prominent Cubist Henri Le Foconier (“Modern Susceptibility and Picture”) and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire about Fernand Leger - was intended to identify and reaffirm the Eurocentric orientation of the ‘Jack of Diamonds’ activity. The collection ended with a review of exhibitions of Union of Artists and ‘Mir iskusstva’. (Encyclopedia of Russian Avant-Garde) ‘Jack of Diamonds’ was one of the most significant and powerful associations of the Russian avantgarde. It consisted alternately of most innovative artists who represented the most important areas of Russian pre-revolutionary modernism — Sezannism, Primitivism, Cubism, Suprematism. The Jack of Diamonds continued the traditions of the ‘Mir iskusstva’ and ‘Zolotoe Runo’ in regularly familiarizing the Russian public with modern European painting - French fauvists and cubists, German expressionists. The artists of the group (“bubnovovaleletstsy”) broke with the traditions of realistic painting and acted with formalist positions against the ideological nature of art. Among its founders and the most prominent artists were Petr Konchalovsky, Ilya Mashkov, Mikhail Larionov, Aristarkh Lentulov. The name itself was allegedly invented by Larionov with reference to cards. Although the Jack of Diamonds had many other meanings. For example, in French Valet de carreaux is a scoundrel. Prisoners wore the clothes with the ace of diamonds sewed on them.
The edition includes paintings by Alexandra Exter, Robert Falk, Petr Konchalovskii, Aleksandr Kuprin, Henri le Fauconnier, Fernand Léger, Aristarkh Lentulov, Ivan Mahkov and Vasilii Rozhdestvenskii.

Worldcat locates copies at Princeton and Getty Research Institute.

Price: $5,500.00

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