Exhibition catalogue with Jaroslav Benda’s cover design inspired by Czech Cubism

Jaroslav BENDA: Výstava Francouzského Umění XIX. a XX. Století [Exhibition of French Art of the 19th and 20th Century]. Book design by Jaroslav Benda. With 48 b/w plates. Prague: 1923.

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BENDA, Jaroslav: Výstava Francouzského Umění XIX. a XX. Století [Exhibition of French Art of the 19th and 20th Century]. Book design by Jaroslav Benda. With 48 b/w plates. (= Spolek výtvarných umělců mánes [Publications of The Association of Fine Arts, 66). Prague: Květen a Červen (Grafia; České Grafické Unie [illustr.]; Štence [plates]) 1923. Small-4to. 18, [4] p. Original publisher's wrapper with flaps.

Exhibition catalogue with reproductions of works by Ingres, Manet, Monet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Rodin and others. The catalogue is designed by Jaroslav Benda (1882-1970), a famous reformist typographer starting to modernise Czech book design already in the 1910s. Creating a symmetric arrangement of lines and frames Benda composed this cover very much in the tradition of Czech cubist book design, for which he acted as an important promoter.

Cover with some small and light stains, paper time-stained, otherwise well preserved copy that also contains an advertisement of František Drtikols photo studio.

Primus/Toman: 2004, p.146, no. 6.2.3. (colour ill., for a comparable cover)

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Weight 1 kg