Latvian Avant-Garde, Constructivist Cover by Eriks Kalis

21 Dzeja. Cikls. [21 Poems. Cycle.]

Riga: Izdevnieciba Tagadne, 1930. Cover designed by Eriks Kalis. First edition. In publisher’s illustrated wrappers, printed in dark orange and black. 56, (8) p. Cover very slightly chipped, with moderate tanning at the extremities. Pages somewhat yellowed due to ageing. Overall in fine condition.

Striking constructivist cover by Eriks Kalis.

Eriks Kalis (1904–1939) was a Latvian graphic designer and scenographer, member of the avant-garde Riga Artist Group. “[...] Kalis’s design for […] Vilips’s poems, 21 dzeja [21 poems], draws on the Constructivist geometry and typography favored by Lissitzky in his Berlin books and by Kassák’s own graphic programs from the early 1920s.” (Davis, 2007)

Pavils Vilips (1901–1979) was a Latvian poet, essayist, and translator. In the 1920s Vīlips was a member of the Latvian Expressionist group of writers who focused on the aspects of contemporary urban life. His present book, 21 dzeja is a remarkable example of this movement.

Bibl.: Davis, R. H. - Kasinec E.: Graphic Modernism from the Baltic to the Balkans, 1910–1935. The New York Public Library, New York 2007. p. 42.

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Price: €1,500.00

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