One of the finest Russian children's books published before the Revolution
Moscow, Knebel, (1912-13).
4to, publisher’s stapled card covers illustrated in colour. (8) pp. Russian text. Illustrated throughout in colour lithography by Dmitri Isodorovich Mitrokhin, including 4 full-page compositions. Complete.
One of the artist’s finest books. The story of two dolls, a girl and a boy, who travel round the world using daddy’s globe thanks to wings given to them by the Imagination fairy.
The great Russian graphic artist, engraver and illustrator Dmitri Isidorovich Mitrokhin (1883-1973) studied at the Drawing school in Eysk. In 1902 he moved to Moscow, entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (MUZhVZ), where he studied under the guidance of A. S. Stepanov and A. M. Vasnetsov. In MUZhVZ Mitrokhin met M. F. Larionov, N. S. Goncharova, and A. V. Fonvizin. At the same time he worked in the ceramic artel Murava (“Glaze”) together with S. V. Malyutin and S. T. Konenkov. In 1904 Mitrokhin transferred to the Stroganov School of Industrial Art; studied under S.-V. Noakovsky. However he did not finish his study at the School. At the end of 1905 the young artist moved to Paris and lived there for two years. He attended evening drawing classes at the Academie de la Grand Chaumière, studied in the class of T. Steinlen and E. Grasset. In his early works he was influenced by the Japanese prints, and by the work of C. Guys and H. Toulouse-Lautrec. In 1908 he returned to the homeland, lived in St. Petersburg. Famous art critic A. I. Somov proposed him to write a series of articles and notes about artists and engravers for the Russian encyclopedic dictionary by A. S. Suvorin. Somovs (Andrey Ivanovich and his son Konstantin Andreevich) showed A. N. Benois the drawings by Mitrokhin; shortly after the young artist was invited to participate in the exhibitions of the group Mir Iskusstva [World of Art]. Mitrokhin worked a lot as a book graphic artist; he created bookplates and illustrations. In 1911 he started to work for the great Moscow publisher Knebel, designing the illustration for a number of children’s books in the “Gift Series”. In the years directly after the revolution Mitrokhin worked for various publishing houses designing covers and illustrations. He was one of the rare Soviet artists, along with Milachewski, to illustrate erotic works such as Henri de Régnier’s “Portraits” translated by the poet Kuzmin in 1921. He collaborated with the magazines Apollon (“Apollo”) and Satirikon. Mitrokhin worked as a curator and head of the department of etching and drawing under the State Russian Museum in Petrograd (1918–1923). Since 1923 he was engaged in xylography, since 1927 — dry point etching. He continued to work a lot in book illustration for publishing houses of Narkompros (National commissariat of education), Zemlya i Fabrika (“Earth and Factory”), Krasnaya Nov (“Red Novelty”), Academia, the State Publishing House for Literature (Goslitizdat), and the State publishing House of Children’s Literature (Detgiz). Mitrokhin designed several books: Don Carlos by F. Schiller (1919), The Gold-Bug by E. A. Poe (1922), collected works by N. V. Gogol (1930), Aethiopica by Heliodorus of Emesa (1932), Comedies by Aristophanes and many others.
Small ticket of the Jacques Povolozky gallery inside front cover.
A fine copy.
Ref. Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch, 2771 / Françoise Lévèque & Serge Plantureux, Dictionnaire des illustrateurs de livres d’enfants russes, pp. 182-183 / Lemmens & Stommels, Russian Artists and the Children’s Book, 1890-1992, pp. 381-389 (with two colour reproductions) / Not in Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library
Price: 1.600,00 euros
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