Kubism [Cubism].

[Tartu]: Kirjastus, 1920. Octavo (18 × 11.2 cm). Original pictorial wrappers (presumably by Ado Vabbe); 19, [1] pp. Very light trace of moisture to part of cover; small Soviet-era bookstore stamp to rear wrapper; a very good copy. Item #4451

First appearance in Estonian of Nikolai Kulbin’s essay on Cubism (1915), translated by the Futurist writer Albert Kivikas. Kulbin sketches the development of Cubism, focusing on Cezanne, Picasso and Andre Derain, while also referring to Russian artists at the turn of the century. This translation of his essay would have been a seminal influence on the development of Estonian modernist art in the 1920s. Following Estonian independence, visual experimentation flourished, especially around the Pallas art school in Tartu, where Cubist and Suprematist elements were promoted. Kulbin (1868- 1917) was a Russian artist, art theorist and representative of Russian futurism associated with the Cubo-Futurist “Hylaea” group. With a striking linocut cover design, most likely by Ado Vabbe (1892-1961), one of the most prominent Estonian modernist artists active in Tartu. KVK, OCLC only show the copy at Columbia University.

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