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LOT 206:

Catalog of an Exhibition of Jewish Art – Warsaw, 1921 – Illustrations by Henryk Berlewi

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Catalog fun der oisshtelung fun yudishe kinstler Warsaw-kehila [Catalog of the exhibition of Jewish artists, the Warsaw community], 1921. Yiddish. Illustrations by Henryk Berlewi.
A catalog listing the 337 works displayed in the exhibition of Jewish art that was held in Warsaw in summer 1921. The exhibition, which was a continuation of an exhibition organized by the Yung-Yidish group in Lodz, displayed works by Henryk Berlewi, Regina Mundlak, Abraham Ostrzega, Maurycy Gottlieb, Samuel Hirszenberg and others. The organizing committee included Abraham Ostrzega, Jakub Appenszlak, Henryk Berlewi, Dr. Michael Weichert and others. As noted at the end of the catalog, the revenues from the exhibition were dedicated to organizing future exhibitions, providing scholarships for artists and founding a union of Jewish artists.
The Jewish-Polish artist Henryk Berlewi (1894-1967) was one of the leading constructivist artists in Poland in the 1920s. He studied art in Warsaw, Antwerp and Paris. During the years 1919-1921, he worked with the artistic and literary avant-garde group Yung-Yidish. Berlewi designed and illustrated books; especially remembered are his illustrations for books by poets Uri Zvi Greenberg and Peretz Markish. In 1924, Berlewi published a theoretical tract titled "Mechano-Faktura" in which he introduced the artistic method he had developed – using mechanical means to create texture. The "Mechano-Faktura", which is based on arrangements of lines and simple geometric forms, using the colors black, white and red, rejects the illusion of space in favor of two-dimensionality. In late 1920s, Berlewi moved to Paris and started painting mainly portraits. After World War II, his works were displayed in several large exhibitions in Paris, as well as in Berlin, Warsaw, Zurich and New York.
[1] title page, 11, [1] pp, [1] blank leaf, 22 cm. Good condition. Creases and a few stains. Traces of gluing on verso of title page.
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