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Lot 6: A RARE BOOK IN HEBREW ON PASTERNAK, 1924
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L. PASTERNAK. His Life and Work. Warsaw (Berlin Branch): The Stybel Publishing House, 1924. Artist: Leonid Pasternak. Authors: Hayyim Nahman Byalik and Dr. Max Osborn. Text in Hebrew, title pages in Hebrew and English, captions in Hebrew, English and Russian; folio (250 x 320 mm), publisher's full cloth, gilt lettering and medallions on front and rear boards. Illustrated throughout with over 100 exquisite full-page reproductions of Pasternak's work on heavy rag (drawings) and glossy (paintings) stock. Edition of 500.
Leonid Pasternak (1862-1945) was a Russian post-impressionist painter. He was the father of the poet and novelist Boris Pasternak. The start of his career was very successful. His first exhibited painting was bought by Pavel Tretyakov, the most important art sponsor in Russia of the time. He soon became a popular painter, a member of the so-calledPolenov circle, that included Valentin Serov, Isaac Levitan, Mikhail Nesterov, Konstantin Korovin. Leonid Pasternak was one of the first Russian painters who labeled himself an Impressionist. In Russia in the 1880s and 1890s such a proclamation was novel enough to draw attention to an artist. Leonid also was a member of the Peredvizhniki and Union of Russian Artists movements. He was a friend of Leo Tolstoy, for months lived in Yasnaya Polyana, and painted many portraits of the great writer, also illustrating his novels War and Peace and Resurrection.