Gerardo Lizagarra

LUCCHESI (José M.)Almas esclavas. Himno á república española. Letra de Manuel LI. Cortès. Musica de José M. Lucchesi y Leal Pescador.

Paris, Bruxelles, New York, Berlin, Editions Salabert, (1931).

Music sheet, small folio (349 x 268 mm), publisher’s colour illustrated self-wrappers. (4) pp., 1 inserted leaf. Complete. Music by the Brazilian-born composer José Lucchesi (1897-1989).

First Edition.

Striking cover design by the important Spanish painter and poster artist Gerardo Lizagarra (1905-1984).

Lizarraga trained in Javier Ciga’s workshop, and after completing his artistic studies in Madrid where he met the Surrealist painter Remedios Varo (1908-1963), his first wife, he settled in Paris, where he had the opportunity to interact with the artistic avant-gardes. His political commitment led him to republican Barcelona, where he was highly creative, ​​working as artistic director for the advertising company Walter Thompson Company, winning prizes for his posters, entering the world of cinema, opera and theatre. He was one of the founders of the Union of Professional Cartoonists, attached to the UGT and one of the creators of the film company EA [Antifascist Editions project]. He participated in exhibitions in his native province. With the end of the civil war, he was forced into exile to France and there he was confined in the internment camps of Argelès-sur-Mer, Agde and Clermont Ferrand. He was released in 1941 and taken to Marseille, where he exhibited at the Galerie Paradis and the Salle Mirian Michelle. He was appointed artistic director of the International Office for Advertising and Publishing. He also worked for the Office de Propagande Allié and France Libre. In 1942, he organized an exhibition of his works in Monte-Carlo. He managed to leave for Mexico, where he settled permanently. In his final years, he reflected on his experience in the internment camps, which left a deep mark on him. His work is vast and varied: oils, drawings, engravings, illustrations, advertising and artistic posters, scenography. A retrospective of his work is currently being held at the Museo de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

A very good copy.

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