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Important Czech Woman Illustrator

Nabráno z proudu: prozy [Gathered from the stream: prose works].

Brno: Družstvo Moravského kola spisovatelů v Brně, 1944. Octavo (20.5 × 13.6 cm). Original pictorial wrappers (front and back); 116, [4] pp. Illustrated with original color lithographs by Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová, of which 3 two-page, 7 full page, and 21 partial (integrated with text). Very good.

First and only edition of this delightful work of prose texts by this little-known Moravian writer, published during WWII and German occupation. Mlčoch (1907–1996), about whom little is known, sought to capture real-life characters and scenes of village life in his native Haná Region. With over thirty illustrations by Bochořáková-Dittrichová (1894–1980), an accomplished Czech graphic artist, whose work is increasingly being recognized for its importance (see the recent exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts). While studying in Paris in the 1920s, she was influenced by Belgian graphic artist Frans Masereel. In contrast to Masereel’s controversial, socially critical subjects, Bochořáková’s similarly evocative woodcuts focus on the subjective experience of a rather sheltered childhood, in the process creating room for domestic and feminine motifs in the genre.

The rear flap features a short biography of the artist.

As of June 2022, KVK, OCLC only show one copy in North America, at the National Museum of Women.

Book ID: 52117

Price: $350.00