[ART WORKERS’ UNION] Khudozhnik: Ezhemesyachnyi informftsionnyi biulleten’ Vserossiiskogo kooperativnogo soyuza rabotnikov izobrazitel’nykh iskusstv ‘Vsekokhudozhnik’ [i.e. The Artist: Monthly Newsletter of All-Russian Cooperative Union of Art Workers ‘Vsekokhudozhnik’]
April, 1931 [under the title “Biulleten’ Vserossiiskogo Kooperativnogo Tovarishchestva ‘Khudozhnik’ ”]. 50,  pp.: ill., 3 pl. 26x17,5 cm. One of 2000 copies. Fine. In publisher’s wrappers.
June, 1932 [under the title “Biulleten’ Vserossiiskogo Kooperativnogo Tovarishchestva ‘Khudozhnik’ ”]. 60 pp.: ill., 1 pl. 26x17,5 cm. One of 1000 copies. Fine. In publisher’s wrappers.
April-May (##1-2), 1935. 48 pp.: ill. 23x16,5 cm. One of 1000 copies. Very good, front wrapper is detached.
First and only edition. Very rare.
“Vsekokhudoznik” (All-Russian Cooperative Union “Khudozhnik”, i.e. Artist) was all-Russian union of all unions and cooperatives of art workers which existed from 1928 to 1953. It was founded as trade credit partnership “Khudozhnik” [i.e. Artist] in 1928 and re-organized in 1932 into “Vsekokhudozhnik” (all-Russian). Later it was handed over to Ministry of Education. In 1935 Copyright Office was founded within Vsekokhudozhnik. After its liquidation in 1953, the Moscow House of Artists became its heir.
‘Vsekokhudozhnik’ was a solid, diversely active and rich institution. Without its help, it would have been impossible for artists to work. It supplied them with canvases and paints, gave advances and loans, ordered and bought works, sent them one by one and “brigades” on creative business trips - mainly, as it was then supposed, to factories and construction sites. It organized contests of monuments projects. Various workshops worked, either serving the artists or giving work to them. Moreover, the money earned on the sale of embroidered scarves and shawls, pottery and toys, went to ensure the unprofitable work of easel painters.
In these issues articles on different subjects were printed - goals of the newsletter and art itself, exhibitions of Vsekokhudozhnik, competitions, art supplies, current work process of such artists as Pimenov, Deineka, Svarog, Lentulov and others, chronicles, news, etc. Text was accompanied by numerous black and white illustrations and a few colored ones.
Overall, a great testimony of a active dynamic art life of the 1930s and its different forms.
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