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Rudolf Krajc
Písen o Stemberkovi [Songs of Stemberk] 1 of 17 Copies - Avant Garde Masterpiece Exploring Lesbianism and Human Sexuality
Bohemia, CSR: Aqua Toffana, 1931. Avant Garde Masterpiece by Rudolf Krajc - One of 17 CopiesKrajc, Rudolf (1907-1934), illustratorDiviš, Vladimir Svoboda, František Xaver, 1860-1943, printer (conceptually)Píseň o Štemberkovi [Songs of Štemberk]Horní Ves (Bohemia), Aqua Toffana/ Vladimir Diviš, December 1931Copy 10 of an edition of 17, with (5) original woodblock prints by Kajec. Folio. (39.5 x 29cm)Superb and extremely rare artist's book from the short-lived Aqua Toffana series of 1930-1931, conceived jointly by the Czech author and art critic Vladimir Diviš and the renowned Czech author František Xaver Svoboda. Just two volumes were issued in 1931, in editions of 15 and 17 copies respectively, both with illustrations by Rudolf Krajc. The series takes its name from the Neapolitan poison Aqua Tofana of the 17th century, apparently often used by wives to poison their abusive husbands. The volume reprints a love poem titled Songs of Štemberk extracted from the proto-slavic literary Manuscripts of Dvůr Králové, forgeries supposedly discovered by Václav Hanka in 1817, but actually created by him in an effort to support the idea of an early literature of Old Czech. Proven to be forgeries in the late 19th-Century, they had nevertheless become engrained in the collective consciousness of the region. The artist, Rudolf Krajc adjusts the forged poem into an exploration of human sexuality and lesbianism. As an artist, Krajc was a proponent of cubism in the form of woodblock printing. Before his untimely death from tuberculosis in 1934, he had managed to cultivate a close relationship … [Click Below for Full Description]
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