De gouden haan [= The Golden Cock]. Rijmpjes en tekeningen van Marietje Witteveen.
(The Netherlands, circa 1945).
Small 8vo, publisher’s half red paper over colour pictorial boards. (36) pp., illustrated in colour throughout. Complete.
First and only edition.
Small album of the Dutch avant-garde, which was so closely linked to Soviet illustration. Trained at The Hague Fine Arts Academy and the Rijksnormaalschool voor het Tekenonderwijs in Amsterdam, Marietje Witteveen (1917-1999) painted in oil and watercolour, and made portraits, still lifes, abstract drawings, and tapestries. During the war, she drew picture books on narrow strips of cardboard. She introduced a totally new style in children’s book illustration. She created only five albums during the Second World War and two in 1950.
A very good copy.
Ref. S. De Bodt en J. Kapelle. Prentenboeken. Ideologie en Illustratie. 1890-1950, 260 / Not in Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch / Not in Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library.