IVANOVSKY, Elizabeth (illustrator). Franz HELLENS (author). Histoire d'une Poupée Noire. Bruges, Belgique; Desclée De Brouwer & Cie. .
Royal 8vo. Original pictorial card covers with flaps; pp. 27 + [ii]; with pictorial title-page and 36 lithographed text illustrations including 27 in graphic style printed in red, grey, tan and black, and 2 full-page coloured plates; an attractive copy with external dusting, rubbing, toning and light marking, some flaking to spine paper with occasional small splitting, internally very good and sound with some sporadic thumbing; scarce.
First thus, reworked from Ivanovsky's larger 1936 book Bass-Bassina-Boulou which was one of the émigrée artist's earliest commissions in Belgium, a country she arrived in after leaving her homeland of present-day Moravia when artistic freedoms in the Russian Empire were restricted after the Revolution. Her earlier work became two distinct, and self-contained, volumes, Bamboula, le petit homme noir and Histoire d'une Poupée Noir. In Brussels Ivanovsky studied at La Chambre School of Art which was founded by the architect Van de Velde and which worked on the Bauhaus model.
This is the story of a little ebony figurine, retrieved by French aviators from the side of the road in Congo, and brought to Paris. A series of misadventures ensue until the statue is finally returned to its rightful home. The illustrations throughout are beautiful, bold, and Constructivist in style.
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