Leipzig, Verlag Ferdinand Hirt & Sohn, [München, Druckerei Bruckmann], [Wiener Jugendkunst Bilderbücher Series, 3], 1924.
Oblong 4to, publisher’s red cloth-backed white colour pictorial boards, beautiful colour patterned endpapers (attributed to Maria Stadlmeyer). (16) pp. Foreword by Franz Cizek. 6 full-page original colour linocuts. Complete.
First and only edition.
Beautiful children’s book illustrated by the young Ilse Breit (1908-1997), a pupil of Franz Cizek, the famous promoter of child art in his Klasse für Jungendkunst at the School of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Franz Cizek (1865-1946), genre and portrait painter, teacher and reformer of art education, “inventor” of Viennese kinetics. After studying in his hometown of Leitmeritz in Bohemia, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 1885. While a student, he lived with a family having many children who visited him in his room. He allowed them to use his art supplies and encouraged them to express themselves. He was impressed by their creativity and showed their work to fellow artists at the university. They encouraged him to start an art school for children which opened in 1897. The Juvenile Art Classes were free of charge, each child who applied was interviewed and selected by Cizek. His teaching method had limited structure, encouraging instead imagination and free expression. This concept would seem unremarkable today but was exceedingly rare at any level of art training at the time. In 1904 the school was integrated by Felician von Myrbach, director of the Kunstgewerbeschule [School of Applied Arts], into the teaching program of this institution. The same year Cizek joined the Secession movement and introduced child art into the field of formal research pursued by Klimt, Olbrich, Wagner and their companions in search of a primary artistic energy in aboriginal art and peasant art. Children’s artworks were exhibited in Cologne in 1914, London and Munich in 1920, and caused a sensation in 1922 at the Congress of Art Education in Dresden. Several works were also presented in Paris in 1925 and a number them in a travelling exhibition in the United States between 1924 and 1929.
A very good fresh copy.
Ref. Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library, 1521 / Heller, Die bunte Welt, 784 / Not in Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch
Price: 950,00 euros
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