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Czech Avant-Garde – Photomontage

Z duševní dílny lidstva: Co dalo lidstvu. Výsledky práce lidstva XX: věku. Díl VII. [From the intellectual workshop of humanity: The Twentieth Century. What it gave to humanity. The results of the work of mankind of the Twentieth century. Volume VII].

Prague: Vl. Orel, 1934. Quarto (27 × 20.3 cm). Original pictorial wrappers (anonymous photomontage); 605, [1] pp. With numerous illustrations, some full-page. Gatherings mostly uncut and unopened; wrappers partly detached from book block and with traces of use as well as tiny marginal tears; else good.

Compendium of the intellectual, artistic and architectural history of the early twentieth century. Important literary figures are discussed in detail, and their work is presented and classified. For example, the literary critic Bedřich Václavek, who was later murdered in Auschwitz, writes extensively about Czech literature. Another chapter deals in depth with Russian literature, yet another with Yugoslav, French, etc. There are also several extensive chapters devoted to modern architecture, based primarily on its functions. Thus, schools, archives, museums are treated separately. The developments in painting, acting and stage design are also discussed in detail. An extensive chapter is devoted to photography and its technical possibilities. The volume is opened by the still young philosophers Jan Patoča and Vladimír Tardy, who write about metaphysics and epistemology in the first three decades of the twentieth century, about Bergson, Heidegger, Helmholtz, Husserl, Klages, Natorp, Russel, Scheler, and so on.

The photomontage shows George Bernard Shaw, dressed in a coat and hat, in an avantgade art exhibition. An image from the same series was used by Ladislav Sutnar around 1930 for the cover of his Shaw edition.

Not in Toman and Vloemans.

As of November 2022, OCLC lists five copies in North America.

Book ID: 52542

Price: $250.00