81 Waban Park
Newton, MA, U.S.A.
Specializing in early modern art, modernist culture and the avant-gardes in Central and Eastern Europe, and Japan. Member ABAA & ILAB.
Art, architecture, photography, design, illustrated books and literature 1914-1945. This period saw an unprecedented ferment and outflow of new ideas, perceptions, questions and values. While the overwhelming dynamic was towards an international culture and social renewal, for many of these countries it was also a means to express national identity for the first time, liberated from (or shaking off) the traditional norms of prewar societies. The new art in most cases was not known beyond the national borders. Historical developments would soon make international exposure and circulation impossible, as these countries came under increasingly conservative governments and finally eclipsed by Nazism, war and four decades of communism.
During this time, these works were proscribed, suppressed and often destroyed. Thus a good deal of the avant-garde from this era is quite scarce.
Please inquire about art work and photography available but not listed on this site.
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Josef Vachal (1883-1968), the Czech William Blake, was a visionary book artist and author. In addition to books he authored, illustrated and often published himself, we also have individual color woodcuts from his various productions, which he produced for separate distribution. All Vachal works are rare, and many are extraordinary, original (sometimes zany!) contributions to the visionary and critical traditions of art and spirituality.
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All books are first editions and in very good antiquarian condition unless otherwise noted. Abbreviations: VG=very good; DJ=dust jacket, noted when extant; wrs=wrappers, cl=cloth, bds=boards. nd=no date, np=no publisher. Standard book sizes noted. All dust wrappers are wrapped in acetate whenever practicable. Terms: cash with order. Libraries and institutions may be billed. Massachusetts residents please add 5% sales tax. Massachusetts dealers, please submit resale # to avoid tax. Shipping: by U...[suite...]
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