Elephant folio (27 x 20 1/2").  loose leaves (lithographs). Original blue cloth portfolio with gold lettering to front cover, and two silk strings adorned with two faux ivory clasps. Posthumously published, this portfolio contains 15 splendid handsigned and numbered color lithographs by Jewish artist Issachar Ber Ryback (1897-1935). This is the only collection of Ryback's art that was produced in color. This work is based on his seminal collection "The Shtetl"The striking and vividly colored lithographs depict typical shtetl scenes from Yelisavetgrad (nowadays Kirovohrad), the Ukrainian village in which the artist grew up. It was located in the South part of Pale, the confined area of the Russian empire where Jews were allowed to live. Amidst the charming scenes depicted in this portfolio are the following: Musicians playing; a shoemaker working in his atelier; an old woman knitting; a knife sharpener working while a little boy is waiting to have his scissors sharpened; a rabbi reading the Torah; an old man walking, followed by a cock; children being served by the ice-cream merchant; a couple dancing; and a wedding celebration.Each lithograph measures approximately 25 1/2 x 19 5/8" (image appr.: 22 x 16"), and is signed and numbered in pencil at lower margin by Ryback. The lithographs are printed on BFK Rives paper, with full margins.One of 250 sets, of which this is No. 8.Portfolio water-stained at lower margin. Sporadic soft creasing at the margin edges. Some lithographs with minor surface soiling and slight color stains along margin (not affecting images). Lower right corner of plates 12 and 14 water-stained (only partly affecting Ryback's signature on plate 14). Title in French. Portfolio in overall fair to good-, interior in good+ to very good, lithographs in very good condition. About the artist: Born into an Hasidic family in the Ukraine in 1897, Ryback studied at the Art Academy in Kiev. He at first supported the Russian Revolution. He joined the Yiddish cultural organization Kultur Lige and participated in the attempt to create a modern Jewish national art by combining traditional folk art with avant-garde painting. The murder of his father inspired his Pogrom series of 1918, one of the most powerful depictions of anti-Semitism in modern art. He left Russia in 1921 and lived in Berlin, where he came in contact with Constructivism. In October 1920, Ryback arrived to Berlin and immersed into the international and Jewish artistic life. In 1921-1924, he became a member of Novembergruppe and took part in its exhibitions; he also exhibited his works at the Berlin Sezession and Juryfreie Kunstshau exhibitions. In 1926, Ryback settled in Paris where he began to play an important role in the artistic life of the French capital, evidenced by his two one-man shows in the "Galerie aux Quatre Chemins" (1928) and in the "Galerie L'Art Contemporain" (1929). The style of his paintings changed in this period: Ryback left cubism and began working in expressionist vein à l' cole de Paris. The present work is a powerful depiction of a shtetl collapsing under the strain of war and revolution. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Mon Village [SIGNED]
Publication Date: 1970
Book Condition: g to fine
Edition: First limited edition.
AbeBooks offers millions of new, used, rare and out-of-print books, as well as cheap textbooks from thousands of booksellers around the world. Shopping on AbeBooks is easy, safe and 100% secure - search for your book, purchase a copy via our secure checkout and the bookseller ships it straight to you.
New and used copies of new releases, best sellers and award winners. Save money with our huge selection.
From scarce first editions to sought-after signatures, find an array of rare, valuable and highly collectible books.
Catch a break with big discounts and fantastic deals on new and used textbooks.