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Estonian Avant-Garde

Jumalaga Ene! [Farewell, Ene!].

Tartu: Odamees, 1918. Small octavo (17.5 × 13 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Ado Vabbe; 78, [2] pp. Printed on regular paper (a variant on thick wove paper also exists), with five lithographs by Ado Vabbe on separate pages. A very good copy.

Visnapuu was a notable Estonian writer and poet, part of numerous Modernist literary groups and publications, such as the "Siuru" group and groundbreaking avant-garde publications like "Roheline Moment" (1914). He authored several collections of Expressionist and Futurist verse and was an active organizer of Estonian literary life. This collection contains a number of cycles of lyrical love poetry. Wrappers and five cubo-futurist illustrations by Ado Vabbe (1892–1961), one of the most significant Estonian painters and graphic designers. Vabbe helped introduce modernist tendencies into Estonian art and was one of the founders of the "Pallas" union of artists (as well as the art school by the same name, which helped train a new generation of Estonian artists in the 1920s). Prior to returning to Tartu, Vabbe studied in Munich, where he came in contact with members of the Blaue Reiter Group such as Wassily Kandinsky, visited important Western art collections, and met representatives of both Italian and Russian Futurism. We know of two versions, a cheaper edition on regular paper and somewhat larger format, and the present edition, which was more expensive, somewhat smaller in size, and printed on thick wove paper. As of June 2020, KVK, OCLC only show one paper copy in North America.

Book ID: P003960

Price: $450.00