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Estonian Avant-Garde

Kevad: armastusnovellid [Spring: short stories about love].

Tartu: Tapperi Kirjastus, 1928. Octavo (18.5 × 11.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Peet Aren; 125, [1] pp. Light general wear; rear wrapper somewhat stained, light abrasion to tail of spine; small owner inscription. Still about very good.

Estonian translation of "Rasskazy o liubvi" ("Stories about love"), a collection of short stories by the Soviet writer Panteleimon Romanov (1884-1938). Wrappers illustrated with reproduction of a drawing by Peet Aren (1889-1970), the important Estonian artist and graphic designer of the 1920-30s. Initially influenced by German Expressionism and the Russian "Mir Iskusstva" (World of Art) movement, and later by German New Objectivity, he became a successful graphic designer in the 1920s. A rather uncommon example of Estonian avant-garde book design, which we encounter for the first time. The Estonian avant-garde had a brief, idiosyncratic moment in the 1920s, when avant-garde visual art was centered in the Eesti Kunstnikkude Ryhm (Estonian Artists' Group), among other places, which emphasized geometric abstraction but was also influenced by movements such as Cubism and Russian Constructivism. Not recorded in the trade; not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: P003573

Price: $275.00