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Rare Armenian Monograph on George Grosz

Ժորժ Գրոսս, e. g. Zhorzh Gross [George Grosz].

Moscow: ASSR "Pethrat,” 1924. Octavo (21.8 × 16.8 cm). Paper wrappers; tipped-in frontis plate, 11 pp. of text and [16] leaves of full-page illustrations with captions in Armenian. Signed and inscribed by the author in 1925. Good; spine rebacked; possibly later paper wrappers (with part of original front wrapper affixed to front wrapper); a few marks and removed book plate to inside of front wrapper; text and illustrations clean and unmarked.

Extremely rare Armenian monograph on George Grosz, printed in Moscow by the Russian branch of the Soviet Armenian publishing house, and edited by a co-founder of Armenian futurism, Karo Halabian (Russian: Karo Semenovich Alabian, 1897-1959), a famous Soviet artist and architect. With a six-page biographical introduction on Grosz, in Armenian. “In 1924, while Yeghishe Charents was in Moscow studying at the Institute of Literature and Arts,  together with architects Mikael Mazmanyan and Karo Halabyan he established the publication of the first Armenian avantgarde, futurist magazine Standard. He aimed to continue the activities of the Declaration of the Three through the new magazine. Standard had only one issue but it literally shred the art world into pieces. It rejected anarchic-Futurism and extreme individualism pointing a finger at Kara Darvish. In the visual arts, Standard accepted posters, caricatures, illustrations, in short, only the forms that were meant for mass consumption, were utilitarian in context  and could be machine reproduced” (see Arpine Haroyan, "Armenian Futurists of the Past"). Parts of this monograph, includiing some of the illustrations by Grosz, were also printed in the journal "Standard," of which only three copies are known to exist. The present work is also rare, with no copies located in KVK and OCLC as of August 2019.

Book ID: 50102

Price: $1,500.00