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Expressionist-Formist Poetry

Robespierre; Rapsod; Cinema; Od romantyzmu do cynizmu [Robespierre; Rhapsod; Cinema; From romanticism to cinicism].

Paris; Warsaw: odbito w drukarni Leona Nowaka, 1927. Small quarto (27.5 × 21 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 43, [1] pp. Illustrations. Very good.

First edition of this work of Futurist poetry by Tytus Czyżewski (1880–1945), the Polish painter, futurist poet, playwright, and Colorist. The wrapper design and four illustrations in the text, including the hand-drawn letters, were done by the author himself, to form a unified whole with the text. In 1917, together with the brothers Zbigniew and Andrzej Pronaszko, Czyżewski 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. His work of the mid 1920s tended toward primitivism and folk art. This 1927 volume, written in Paris and printed in Warsaw documents his return to Expressionist-Formist poetry and illustration, as well as his indifference to the influence of Constructivism on contemporary typography. See Piotr Rypson, Raum der Worte, p. 32–33.

As of March 2022, KVK, OCLC show only two copies outside of Poland, of which only one in North America.

Book ID: 51869

Price: $1,750.00