[BECHER, Joh. R., and others] An alle Künstler! [= To All Artists!].
Berlin, [Willi Simon], 1919.
8vo, publisher’s wrappers, front cover design by Max Pechstein (1881-1955) in original black and red lithography. 47 pp. German text. Complete.
5 full-page photomechanical b/w plates by Cesar Klein, Richter, Lyonel Feininger, Milly Steger and Georg Tappert.
First Edition of this famous pamphlet published by the Novembergruppe, a compilation of essays and poems, with contributions by Johannes Robert Becher, Ludwig Meidner, Bernhard Kellermann, Max Pechstein, Walter Hasenclever, Kurt Eisner, Konrad Haenisch, Kurt Erich Meurer and Paul Zech.
Max Pechstein’s cover lithograph depicts a man clutching his heart, behind him lies a city engulfed in flames, from which the new society is to arise. The booklet contains Pechstein’s article “Was Wir Wollen” (What We Want) and the first appearance in bookform of Ludwig Meidner’s famous manifesto “An alle Künstler, Maler, Dichter” (To All Artists, Poets and Musicians), a call on all artists to help create the new German republic. The torch in the lower-right corner of the front cover symbolizes the common struggle of the political and artistic revolution.