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Vezni: literaturno-khudozhestveno spisanie [Scales: magazine for literature and art], vol. I, nos. 1–12 (complete first year).
Sofia: 1919 - Octavos (20 × 15.3 cm). Contemporary maroon cloth, with title to spine; original printed self-wrappers; each ca. 30–40 pp. Each issue with black-and-white and color reproductions of Bulgarian and foreign art, in the text and on special leaves of plates. Issues resized to binding; occasionally lightly soiled; embossed private library stamp to two issues, and one article with pencil underlining; still good or better. The complete first year, in twelve issues, of the important journal of Bulgarian and international modernist art and literature--especially Symbolism--published between September 1919 and March 1922, and edited by the poet and literary critic Geo Milev (1895–1925). 'Vezni' was founded after Milev's return from Berlin, where he recovered from wounds received in the war, but was also exposed to art movements such as Franz Pfemfert's "Die Aktion" and Herwarth Walden's "Der Sturm." "In 'Vezni' the Bulgarian reader encountered for the first time the world of modern art in the form of mostly high quality reproductions, partially in colour, occasionally full-page, as well as in detailed discussions" (Domenico Jacono, "Bulgarian Modernism," p. 11). In addition to presenting the works of both Western artists (Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley, Oskar Kokoschka, Franz Marc, and Egon Schiele, for instance) and Russian modernists (such as Marc Chagall, Natalia Goncharova, and Wassily Kandinsky), "Vezni" was instrumental in promoting the work of Bulgarian modernist artists, such as Ivan Boiadzhiev, Stoian Rainov, Sirak Skitnik, and Vasil Zakhariev. It was also the forum in which many foreign modernist writers and their aesthetic programs were first presented to Bulgarian readers – among them Baudelaire, Gide, Rimbaud, Verhaeren, Verlaine, Aleksandr Blok and Oscar Wilde. "Vezni" also published the works of many Bulgarian avant-garde poets and writers, such as Lamar, Ivan Milev, Chavdar Mutafov and Nikolai Rainov. Each issue also contains a "critical review" of new publications and exhibitions. Among important Bulgarian statements regarding new artistic developments are Geo Milev's short essay "Expressionism" in issue 10 and Sirak Skitnik's "Old and new art?" in issue 7. Milev would eventually join the Communist Party, which lent the journal an increasingly political edge. "Vezni" appeared weekly before being discontinued in 1922 due to lack of funding. The issues of the first volume contain reproductions of work by Beardsley, Boiadzhiev, Gauguin, van Gogh, Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Edvard Munch, Kandinsky, Adriana van Rees-Dutilh, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Schiele, Sirak Skitnik, Vrubel, Zakhariev and others. See also “Geo Milev’s Vezni Journal and Modern Art,” in Marinska 2015. Jacono 1. KVK, OCLC only locate paper issues of vols. I and II (non-microfilm or xerox) at Indiana University. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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