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Helena Bochorakova Dittrichova
Z meho detství : drevoryty [From My Childhood: Woodcuts] First Graphic Novel by a Female Artist - Signed
Prague: Orbis, 1929. Bochořáková-Dittrichová, Helena (artist)Novák, Arne (preface)Z mého dětství : dřevoryty [From My Childhood: Woodcuts]Prague: Orbis, 1929Paper covered boards, cloth spine. Lithographic paper dust jacket. Woodcut frontispiece and (95) full-page woodcuts. SIGNED by the artist on the title page. (16 x 12cm).This work, Z meho detství [From My Childhood] is now widely acknowledged as the first graphic novel to be published by a female artist. Rebecca Gross, writing for the National Endowment for the Arts (2014), perfectly summarizes the importance of From My Childhood, "[it was] an impressionistic narrative of a sheltered, middle-class upbringing that resembled the artist's own....As a result, Bochorakova-Dittrichova quietly strengthened the case for topics such as domestic life to be seen as legitimate art subjects rather than as easily dismissed female fodder". Bochorakova-Dittrichova left Moravia in 1919, shortly after the birth of the Czechoslovak State, to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In 1923, she received a state scholarship to study lithography and printmaking in Paris. During her time as an art student in France, she became deeply influenced by the graphic novels of Frans Masereel, and began her own exploration of this genre. In 1929, following her return to Czechoslovakia, and with a small grant from the state via the state-controlled publishing house Orbis, and the cooperation of the woodcut and lithograph studio founded by Frantisek Obzina in the South Moravian town of Vyskov, Bochorakova-Dittrichova finally published her first gra … [Click Below for Full Description]
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