Scarce illustrated history of Vakhtangov’s progressive Moscow school of stage art, 1959


Nikolai Gorchakov: The Vakhtangov School of Stage Art. With 6 colour plates. Moscow: S.a. [1959].

Nikolai Gorchakov: The Vakhtangov School of Stage Art. Translated from the Russian by G. Ivanov-Mumjiev. With 6 colour plates and numerous, mostly full-paged repros of photographies depicting stage design and costumes by I. Nivinsky for Vakhtangov's »Turandot« (1922). Moscow: Foreign Language Publishing House, s.a. [1959].

8vo. Half tone and offset on glossy paper, in original publisher's cloth and in original publisher's multi-colour pictorial wrappers.

English language edition of »Режиссерские уроки Вахтангова« (1957), an account on Evgenij Vakhtangov's progressive Moscow school of stage art founded in 1921, written by one of his pupils.

Content: Alongside Evreinov, Meyerhold and Tairov, Vakhtangov was a key figure of modernist theatre renewal in Russia and the young Soviet Union. His »Turandot« production from 1922 in particular, who is considered exemplary for theatre making of the Russian avant-garde of those years, is the focus of this profusely illustrated treatise. With 6 striking half-tone plates depicting constructivist stage design and costumes for »Turandot« by I. Nivinsky.

Condition: Dust jacket with very little soiling at edges and corners, otherwise crisp copy, hard to find in present superb condition.