[UKRAINIAN AVANT-GARDE] Zhuk. Iu. M. Mikhailiv.


Kharkiv: Rukh, 1931. Item #676

34, [2] pp.: ill., 17 ill. 25,5x18 cm. In original wrappers. Covers and spine repaired, with minor defect of the front cover, foxing occasionally, otherwise very good.

First and only edition. One of 1000 copies. Very rare.
The constructivist cover design produced by Anatol Petrytskii (1895–1964), one of key figures of Ukrainian avant-garde. He gained fame as the major Ukrainian theatre designer, but he was a poster maker and book designer as well. Petrytskii was involved in experiments of Murashko and Exter, studied under Drevin and Konchalovsky at VKhUTEMAS. He took part in the kverofuturist projects initiated by poet Mykhaylo Semenko, joined the societies ‘Flamingo’ (1919-1921) and ‘New generation’ (1927-1930). The both avant-garde groups published their own periodicals which contained his works. Full of innovative ideas, Petrytskii formed the national art in the new stream.
This is a book by art scholar and artist Iuhim Mikhailov (1885-1935) about Mikhailo Zhuk (1883-1964), one of the key figures in the Ukrainian graphic art. Following the George Narbut’s art principles, he created the silhouette portraits and actively contributed to the contemporary book design. He focused on Ukrainian folklore and developed his ideas with the national spirit. By 1920, the cubist influence reflected in his art and remained in the portraits throughout the decade. This book contains 17 printed works including portraits drawn in different techniques and design of ceramic plates, the mounted bookplate and tailpiece. The text itself is written in Ukrainian, with summary in German. Apart the monograph, the book contained the list of main works and the list of Zhuk’s works which were presented at two exhibitions (1917 and 1927).
This is the second book published in a series ‘Ukrains’ke maliarstvo’ (Ukrainian Painting).

The only copy located at University of Illinois.


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