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Boris Godounov
Paris: Editions Piazza, 1927. Illustrated by Boris Zworkine. Translation by A. Baranoff. Copy #104 on Japon containing a suite of plates in black. (Entire edition 955: 35 on Japon with a suite in color and a suite in black; 145 copies with a suite in black as ours; 775 on Vélin). Quarto (7 1/4" x 9 5/8" x 1 5/8') . Original wrappers. Two vols. Volume of text, with album of separate full-page plates in black and white. Text: 139 pages. With 15 color wood-engravings horstexte en colors. Spine of text volume very slightly faded; Plates in original glassine; in folding chemise. With original open board case. The illustrator Boris Zworkine [or Zvorkin or Zworkin] (B. Moscow 1872, D. Paris 1942.) was one of the founders of the Russian style of modern European book illustration. His work has been compared to Ivan Bilibin’s and to Vasily Ivanovich Shukhaev’s (1887-1973), a Russian “neo-Romantic” artist living also living in Paris. The young Zworkine studied at the Moscow School of Painting and Sculpture and later, and supported himself by doing commercial projects and decorative gifts and wall art on Russian themes. He left Russian in 1921, went to Egypt and then to Paris, which was then the center of Russian cultural life in Western Europe. In 1922, he began his association with the publisher Henri Piazza* D.Y. Severyukhin writing in chronicles Boris Zworkin’s life in detail then concludes of this edition of Boris Godounov: “the artist demonstrates an impressive possession of ornamental art...the subtle weaving of patterns, mottled clothing, characters, floor carpets....[which are]...organically connected with the three-dimensional and very realistic representation of space and care of detail in the pictures.” Severyukhin calls particular attention to the portrait of Boris Godounov in both the color and black and white versions done in a style of engraved portraits that originated in Moscovy at the time of Ivan the Terrible [16 century]. The format of this edition is th compared to those of Editions de la Pléiade published by Jacques Schffrin (who worked for Piazza before starting his own publishing company in 1922). “All (Zwokine’s) work is based on the strict preservation of the style of a certain period. ..especially of Russia.” (Severyukhin quoting The Studio magazine vol 93, pp. 188-191, 1927 review by M. Blumenfeld of Boris Godounov.) *The publisher Jules Henri Piazza (1861-1929) was one of the pioneers of the limited edition art book in Paris beginning with L'Estampe moderne in 1899. Piazza was founder in 1922, of Le Livre français, “ société d'édition de chefs-d'śuvre français du conte et du roman en éditions de luxe accessibles au grand public.” Ref:
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