Moscow; Leningrad: Ogiz-Izogiz, 1931. 139,  pp.: ill. 18x13 cm. Publisher’s wrappers. Near fine. wrappers slightly rubbed.
First and only edition. One of 5000 copies. Scarce.
This is an extensive work on the theory of expressionism by Lia Zivel’chinskaya (1894-1985), professor and doctor of philology, Soviet literary and art critic, aesthetics specialist. Besides exploring theory and practices of expressionism the author chapters on three artists including Vasily Kandinsky. The text is supplemented with works by Kandinsky, Kokoshka, Munk. Klee, Chagall and other mostly German painters. The bibliography list is included.
The whole chapter is devoted to the influence of expressionism on Soviet art. Here the significant influence of this trend on artists of the OST and “October” groups is emphasized, the expressionist tendency of the development of a certain stage of creativity of Deineka, Pimenov, Goncharov is noted. The “indelible influence of German expressionism” on Tyshler’s works has been highlighted. In evaluating expressionism as a reactionary art movement, the author discovers those moments that might be relevant for Soviet art: “denial of the passive reflection of the naturalistic creative method”.
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