Jakovsky about Musatov, signed by artist, dedicated by translator, 1931

Anatole JAHOVSKY [signed]: Grigorij Musatov. Anti-Surrealismus. Translated from the Russian by Břetislav Hůla [with dedication to unknown person]. Cover design by A. Jakovsky. With 1 multicolour frontispiece and 16 b/w plates after works by Musavtov. Prague: [1931].

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Anatole JAHOVSKY [i.e. JAKOVSKY, signed]: Grigorij Musatov. Anti-Surrealismus. Translated from the Russian by Břetislav HŮLA [with dedication to unknown person]. Cover design by Anatole Jahovsky. With 1 multicolour frontispiece and 16 b/w plates after works by Musavtov. Prague: Richter (Legiografie) [1931]. Small-4to°. 57, [1] p. Original publisher's wrapper.

Czech edition of this first monography by the later reknown French art critic of Russian origin Anatole Jakovsky (1909-1983, here cited wrongly „Jahovsky“) about the Russian painter Grigrorij Musatov (1889-1941), with the painter’s handwritten signature and the translator’s handwritten, signed and dated dedication to an unidentifiable person.

Musatov, once close to Russian avant-garde circles, lived in Czech exile since 1920, where he developped his own bold style, combining impressionist and surrealist elements. In this respect the subtitle „Anti-Surrealism“ chosen by Jakovsky, then student in Prague and later a leading specialist for Abstract Art and Naïve Art, is somewhat misleading, as also the reproductions of Musatov’s paintings show a certain surrealist stroke. According to the colophone Jakovsky also created the cover design, obviously inspired by constructivist style.

Cover in parts slighly worn, spine at bottom with one tear, otherwise fine, inscribed copy of a stated print run of 1000, rare however.

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