Lot 147: A RUSSIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOK ON CHILDREN'S ART BY FAVORSKY, 1935
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ISKUSSTVO DETEI (Art of Children). First Edition. Leningrad: LOSSKH, 1935. Authors: Vladimir Favorsky, Anatoly Bakushinskii, Galina Labunskaya, et al. Editor of the series Osip Beskin. Text in Russian, 4tp (255 x 180 mm), hardcover with dust jacket. 141, (2) pp. Profusely illustrated (b/w and color). Edition of 3300.
Favorsky was a famous Russian and Soviet Avant-garde graphic artist, art historian, art theoretician and a professor of VKhUTEMAS. The artist developed a distinctive theory of book design (The Theory of Composition, ?The Theory of Graphics and ?The Theory of the Book) which views the book as a holistic esthetic organism, an instrument for reading where its decorative component is inseparably blended with its function and its logic comes through the proportions of its broadside, cross-cutting rhythms, composition and the placement of illustrations, ornaments and headpieces. While on evacuation in Samarkand (1941 - 1943), he worked in linocuts starting a large Samarkand Series which he completed in Moscow after the war. His linoleum engraving experiments proved to be as successful as those in xylography. Favorsky did a lot of teaching during his entire lifetime: at the VHUTEMAS - VHUTEIN, he headed the xylography chair at the Graphics Department (1920-1930), was professor of the Institute of Graphic Arts (193-1934), and professor of the Ceramics chair with the Moscow Applied and Decorative Arts Institute (1941-1948).Not only did he teach several generations of Soviet graphic artists, but he also created a school of his own. Among his engraving students were Andrei Goncharov, Georgy Yecheistov, Dmitry Konstantinov, Gennady Kravtsov, Michail Pikov, Olga Amosova- Bunak, Fyodor Semenov-Amursky, Evgeny Golyakhovsky, A. Mirolyubova, Lidia Zholtkevich, Illarion Golitsin and many others.