Moscow: Izdatel’stvo V. K. T. “Khudozhnik”, 1931. Octavo (17 × 13.5 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 16 pp., with 14 leaves of plates on coated paper stock. Light wear to wrapper and spine extremities; small loss to lower right corner; internally about very good.
First and only edition of an exhibition catalog of works by Sergei V. Kol’tsov (1892-1951), a Russian painter and sculptor who lived in Paris from 1928 until 1930. The book lists 137 works on the subject of Paris, across a range of genres and media, which aim to document the misery of poor Parisian people. The drawings represent the dark side of Paris and demonstrate the street scenes full of hard work, poverty, abandonment and gloom. With a preface by culture commissar Anatoly Lunacharskii. One of only 1000 copies. KVK, OCLC show the copies at Ohio State University Libraries, Columbia University in the City of New York, Frick Art Reference Library, and Getty Research Institute.
Book ID: P5190