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    Sale 7551

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    27 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 107

    CHAGALL, Mark (1887-1985), Kazimir Severinovich MALEVICH (1878-1935) and others, and Natan AL'TMAN (1887-1985, illustrator). Iskusstvo Kommuny. [Art of the Commune]. Nos.1-19, all published. St. Petersburg: Izo. Komissariata Narodnogo Prosveshcheniia, 1918-1919.

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    CHAGALL, Mark (1887-1985), Kazimir Severinovich MALEVICH (1878-1935) and others, and Natan AL'TMAN (1887-1985, illustrator). Iskusstvo Kommuny. [Art of the Commune]. Nos.1-19, all published. St. Petersburg: Izo. Komissariata Narodnogo Prosveshcheniia, 1918-1919.

    19 parts, broadsheet 2° (463 x 308mm). Engraved mastheads. (Tears and small losses at folds and edges, a very few small repairs, occasional dampstains and soiling, lightly browned).

    A COMPLETE SET. 'The journal played an extremely influential role in the crystallization of avant-garde attitudes and ideas. It was so successful that after three issues Lunacharskii had to warn the journal about its "destructive tendencies with regard to the past and its inclination when speaking as a specific school, to speak on behalf of the government"' (Lodder). Published between December 1918 and April 1919, with contributions from Chagall, Malevich, Maiakovskii, Punin, Brik, and many important figures of the movement. Natan Al'tman designed the masthead. Etkind, Nathan Altman; Hellyer 150 (noting that the British Library set lacks numbers 13 and 17, which are supplied in facsimile); Lodder, 'Art of the Commune' in Art Journal, Spring 1993; Rowell and Wye, The Russian Avant-Garde Book, p.164. (19)


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