Milgroim LISSITZKY, EL
Milgroim A Yiddish Magazine of Art and Letters. Issue no. 3. Literary editors: M. Vishnitzer and M. Kleinman. Articles by various authors

Berlin: 1923.

Large 4to, within original illustrated wrappers, front wrapper by Lissitzky. Six illustrations (two in color) by Lissitzky of the art he found in the Mohilev Synagogue, plus one reproduction of a Lissitzky painting. Includes reproductions of works by Natan Altman, Marc Chagall, D. Sterenberg, and others. Milgroim was a bimonthly magazine devoted to the study of art in all its manifestations: painting, sculpture, music and theater. As the colophon states, "special attention is devoted to the artistic production of the Jews in the present and the past." With Lissitzky's growing interest in a Jewish art form, he traveled c. 1916 with his friend and fellow Jewish artist Ryback to visit the 18th century Mohilev Synagogue. He was so moved that he wrote a memoir and made numerous illustrations copying the artwork he found within. This eloquent article has been translated and published in several reference books concerning Lissitzky; his study of Jewish folk creations such as the Mohilev Synagogue informed his early Hebrew and Yiddish children's books, now rare and sought after. Wrappers worn and spine taped, but still a very good copy of a scarce and important Lissitzky work.

Apter-Gabriel 173 (1-6), Lissitzky's article is translated into English on pp. 233-234; Nisbet, article translated into English on pp. 55-59

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