Iskusstvo grima; nagliadnoe posobie dlia kruzhkovtsev, dramshkol i profakterov [The art of make up; an illustrated guide for theater circles, drama schools and professional actors].

Moscow: Teakinopechat', 1930. Oblong folio (25 × 36 cm). Original side-stapled pictorial wrappers; [48] pp. Illustrated throughout. Light soil to wrappers; spine extremities frayed; wrapper edges chipped; text and plates bright and clean. Item #6518

A practical guide for theatrical make up application, written by the Soviet theater and film actor Nikolai Novlianskii. Over one hundred colorful illustrations and accompanying texts instruct on the creation of a variety of effects, using make up to help depict persons of different ages, a variety of ‘types’ such as the capitalist, the clergy, the kulak, the intellectual, the prostitute etc., different disabilities or ‘pathologies’ such as the blind, the mad, Gogolian and Ostrovskian characters, and perhaps most problematically, individuals of different races, including Asian and African. The guide also shows how to change the actor’s facial structure with the help of added prostheses and use make up to create animal and skeletal guises. 
Nikolai Novlianskii (1892-1966) came to prominence as a theater actor in 1924 when he joined the Moscow Chamber Theater of Alexander Tairov. Condemned for formalism and excessive experimentation the theater was closed in 1949, forcing Novlianskii to move to the more traditional Pushkin theater. Throughout his career in theater and film, Novlianskii was also known as a master of make up. He offered extensive lectures on make up at the Moscow Technical College of Theater Arts (modern day GITIS) and published three monographs on make up, starting with this publication, promoted in the introduction by Alexander Tairov himself. KVK, OCLC show copies at Boston Public, Harvard, Hillwood, Calgary, Salzburg and the National Library of Sweden. The pagination in Worldcat appears to be a mistake (it calls for [44] pp.).

Price: €675.00