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Geomeetriline inimene. V kogu värsse
Tallinn: Pro Peller 1924 - Quarto, wrappers, 112pp. Cover, 15 half-page and one full-page abstractions by Jaan Vahtra. Possibly the most ambitious publication of the Estonian avant-garde and certainly one the most inventive in terms of page design and graphics published in Tallinn of the 1920s, with very fine abstractions by Vahtra throughout. Johannes Barbarus (pen name of Johannes Vares,1890-1946) was one of the foremost poets of the era, who was a doctor by profession and a radical politician. He was appointed Prime Minister by Zhdanov under the first Soviet invasion in 1940, fled to the USSR when the Germans occupied Estonia and returned in 1945, only to come under suspicion by the NKVD for earlier activity in the Estonian War of Independence. He committed suicide in 1946. Barbarus is an anti-lyricist here, shaking Estonia out of its enclosed sleepy culture into the international arena. Jaan Vahtra (1882-1947) was one of the most original talents of Estonian modern art and a leading member of the GEA movement at the time. This is some of his finest graphic work. A rare and critical document, hailed as one of the most important constructivist manifestos to arise in Estonia, “Estonia’s first pure collection of metropolitan poetry” (Hennoste). No library holdings in North America and only one copy found outside of Estonia. Refs: Fabre: Electromagnetic: Modern Art in Northern Europe 1918-1931 (Hatje Cantz, 2012), p. 185, illus. p. 186. 3500 [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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