Grafika: Bartuska, Josef; Nouza, Oldrich Grafika: Bartuska, Josef; Nouza, Oldrich Grafika: Bartuska, Josef; Nouza, Oldrich

Grafika

Bartuska, Josef; Nouza, Oldrich

Published by Ceske Budejovice: St. Kocmoud, 1934
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Quarto (31 x 22.5 cm), wrappers, (viii) 20 linocuts, in an edition of 100 copies, signed by the artists. Josef Bartuška (1898-1963) and Oldrich Nouza (1903-1974) were two multi-talented members of the Linie Group which they co-founded in Ceske Budejovice in 1931. The group operated as a cooperative of twelve members who contributed to a plethora of arts and educational projects there, and flourished through 1939. Bartuska was a poet, journalist, critic, editor, author of poetic opera librettos and film scripts, photographer, painter, graphic artist, theorist, stage designer, musician, amateur film-maker and teacher. A number of his books have hand-painted graphics; his graphic designs of the 1930s anticipated the flavor graphic design in postwar Europe and the USA. Nouza was a poet, painter, photographer, teacher and journalist. Together with Bartuska he wrote the manifesto published in 1931 titled Poesie imaginerniho prostoru (The Poetry of Imaginary Space). He also publshed with Bartuška a series of artist books title Infinitivy (Intfinitives) Kornout (Cone) and in 1934 the twenty linocuts of the present book. Like Bartuška, his most innovative and productive period ranged from the 1920s through the 30s, where he excelled in new photography and painting. All publications of the Linea Group are very scarce, published in limited quantity and moreover became the focus of suppression under the Nazis; many publications were destroyed. This issue is a major highlight of the publishing ventures there Uncommon, with only two libraries holding copies in North America. Cover of this copy has chipped edges, very good interior. Rare. References: Andel: The avant-garde across media: Josef Bartuska and the Linea Group 1931-1939. Refs: Avant-garde Across Media, Obecný Dum, 2004, passim. Birgus: The Czech Photographic Avant-garde 1918-1948. Bookseller Inventory # 251

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Title: Grafika

Publisher: Ceske Budejovice: St. Kocmoud

Publication Date: 1934

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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