Moscow: zdatel’stvo Assotsiatsii Khudozhnikov Revoliutsii, 1930. Item #742
48 pp.: ill. 17,5x13 cm. In original illustrated wrappers with constructivist design. Tears and small losses of the spine, otherwise very good.
Second edition. Very rare.
This is a manual for artists of the worker’s clubs and reading rooms, the main cultural centers for the Soviet workers and peasants. It is written by the Soviet artist Nikolai Maslennikov (1895-1950) who gives advice about his craft. He introduces drawing as an experiment of the personal perception of the world around and performing it by the different tools - brush, pen, stick - everything that could be used for drawing by ink and paint. Explaining how to catch a core of figure or action, he prepared artists to create the correct objects for the wall newspapers and posters. The book contains 19 graphic works made in various techniques and supplemented the text.
Worldcat shows the only copy of the first edition located in the British Library, but no copies of the second one.