Moscow: Gizlegprom, 1934. Item #805
45,  pp.: ill. 15x11 cm. In publisher’s wrappers. Very good, light foxing of the covers near the spine.
First and only edition. One of 5175 copies. From the series “Masters of Soviet Porcelain and Faience”.
Ivan Efimov (1878-1959) was a Russian sculptor. Efimov painted and sculpted animals all his life, forged them from copper, cast from bronze, and cut from wood. Sculpture, painting, graphics and arts and crafts on animal themes were his main craft. His works adorn the Moscow metro stations, Yaroslavsky and Khimki stations, children’s rooms of the Leningrad station, the winter garden of the Grand Kremlin Palace, the sanatorium in Morozovka near Moscow, the sanatorium in Tskhaltubo in Georgia, the interiors of the Pushkin House in St. Petersburg. Efimov illustrated more than 20 books for children and adults. The Russian writer Boris Shergin, whose works Efimov greatly appreciated, called the sculptor’s work “the joyful wisdom of a child”. Efimov is the inventor of the technique of through volumetric relief in sculpture. Internationally his sculptures were awarded gold medals in 1937 at the Paris World Exhibition and in Russia he was honored as both an Artist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) and the People’s Artist of the RSFSR. (Wikipedia)
In this brochure Soviet art critic Ignatii Khvoinik not only gives a brief biography and list of the most important works by the sculptor but also dissects his art.
Worldcat locates copies at Yale University Library and Library of Congress.