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Czech Avant-Garde – Skupina 42

XXXIV. Výstava Pošovy galerie. Skupina 1942. Akvarely, kresby, grafika. Od 30. Srpna do 23 září 1945 [34th exhibition of Poš Gallery. Skupina 1942. Water colors, drawings, prints. Held August 30 to September 23, 1945].

Prague: Grégr, 1945. Octavo (20.8 × 15 cm). Original staple-stitched decorative wrappers; [20] pp. Six full-page reproductions, and artists’ signatures reproduced on front wrapper. Very good.

Catalog of a very early exhibit of Skupina 42 (Group 42) held in 1945 at Poš Gallery in Prague. With an introduction by Jiří Kotalík and priced lists of works exhibited. The Czech post-war artist collective “Skupina 42" was formally founded in 1940, during the German Protectorate. Its activities were forbidden by the Communist government in 1948, but its members and artists continued to work and impact the Czech art scene well into the 1970s. “Skupina 42” was significantly shaped by the experience of war and the German occupation. It combined pre-war tendencies such as cubism, futurism, and constructivism with existentialist and surrealist thought and images. Nevertheless it also sought to counteract a certain academic quality in art and was drawn to a kind of urban realism: the city in its manifold forms was an important theme, and ties to American literature and art were also strong.

The catalog contains a poem by Jiří Kolář, as well as essays on drawing and about the group by Jiří Kotalík, as well as six full-page reproductions of works by František Gross, František Hudeček, Jan Kotík, Kamil Lhoták, Jan Smetana, and Karel Souček, each next to the list of works exhibited, which total 185 and include prices.

As of October 2022, not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: P6498

Price: $200.00