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Futuro-Dadaist Poetic Paintings

Wąż, Orfeusz i Euridika: wizja antyczna. Rysunki graficzne w tekscie przez T. Czyżewskiego. Wykonał grafik Frantiszek Benisz [The snake, Orpheus and Eurydice: an antique vision. Graphic drawings in the text by T. Czyżewski. Printed by Frantiszek Benisz].

Kraków: Instytut wydawniczy "Niezależnych," 1922. 12mo (14 × 11.3 cm). Original staple-stitched typographically illustrated peach-colored wrappers; [30] pp. Text printed in green. Fifteen drawings incorporating typographic elements. Fragile wrappers beginning to separate along lower spine; else very good.

First edition of this work of Futurist poetry by Tytus Czyżewski (1880-1945), the Polish painter, Futurist poet, playwright, and Colorist. In 1917, together with the brothers Zbigniew and Andrzej Pronaszko, he organized an exhibition of Polish Expressionist works in Krakow, and their group later became known as the Polish Formists (Formisci). They merged various aspects of the European avant-garde including Cubism, Futurism, and Expressionism. Until the group’s break-up in 1922, Czyżewski was their primary artist and theoretician as well as the joint editor of the journal Formisci. The present text is a lyric drama, in which pages of text alternate with concrete drawings (or "paintings") or visual poems, composed of typographic elements, such as bars and circles. The style of this work is described by the author as "Dynamopsycho" or "dynamo-psychic studies of specific moments." The compositions themselves were created by the printer, Frantiszek Benisz, based on drawings by Czyżewski. In spite of the relatively poor quality of the paper and the simple execution, one of the most striking early books of the Polish avant-garde. "In many of Czyżewski’s poems, there is a Futuro-Dada symbiosis of the primitive and technology; a tendency to connect unconnected images, carried over into other, unexpected contexts; and a tendency to juxtapose religious and mythological symbolism (deprived of its original meaning) with a civilising and erotic symbolism" (Andrzej Turowski, "Parasitism"). See also: See Piotr Rypson, Nie gęsi: polskie projektowanie graficzne 1919–1949, p. 33; Raum der Worte, p. 28-29. As of May 2020, KVK and OCLC show five copies in North America.

Book ID: 50751

Price: $1,500.00