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Chavdar Mutafov (Sirak Skitnik illus)
Sofia: Paksalev, 1920. Octavo, wrappers, 80pp., with six linocuts, some in two-color, by Sirak Skitnik. Chavdar Mutafov (1889-1954) art theoretician, architect, critic. Collaborator in the Vezni and Crescendo journals, strong advocate for modernism and experiment in art. He was expelled from the Writers Union and jailed in 1945 and banned from publishing for life for breaking ranks with communist doctrine. The present work is expressionist prose sketches about encountering the Blaue Reiter and the works of Kandinsky and Marc while the author was studying in Munich. Sirak Skitnik (1883-1943) provided the artwork for this book. Skitnik was a artist, poet, and teacher who spearheaded new art and stage design in the interwar years. He is one of the topmost figures in the Bulgarian avant-garde. The present work is a most successful modernist venture in content and graphic design in Bulgaria; a signature work. Refs: Jacono: Bulgarian Modernism 2013, No. 4., Illustrated. Rare. OCLC finds three library holdings in North America (LOC, Cleveland PL). This copy very good with light soiling on cover. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Michael Fagan Fine Art & Rare Books [Newton, MA, U.S.A.]
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