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Dutch Leftist Book Design

Collection of Twenty Works Designed by Socialist Graphic Artist Fré Cohen, 1923–1936.

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Frederika Sophia Cohen (1903-1943), known as Fré Cohen, was a prolific Dutch graphic designer. Cohen grew up in a working-class Jewish family in Amsterdam and was self-taught, receiving her first design commissions through her office work at a socialist publishing house. Cohen worked for a number of party publishers before migrating to the City of Amsterdam press, with outstanding graphic designs reflecting the urgent, political subjects of the interwar period. This group spans almost her entire career in socialist publishing, from the age of 20 until shortly before she went into hiding during the Nazi occupation. Cohen was later arrested and committed suicide in Nazi custody. 

Gathered are examples of her best-known work, mostly for socialist youth publications: pictorial covers, in-text illustrations from woodcut and linocut, typographic designs, and book plates. Also included are two uncommon examples of prospectuses for Em. Querido with book covers by Cohen. Despite substantial attention to her work in the Netherlands, and a significant archive of her original artwork at the Stedelijk Museum, Cohen and the books she designed are still little known in the United States. Of the 19 items listed here, only 1 has a North American institutional holding recorded in OCLC. 

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Book ID: 51014

Price: $2,500.00