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Quarto. Brown cloth stamped in gilt. First edition, number 830 of an unspecified limited edition (believed to be 1,000 or fewer) of a scarce monograph on the Polish artist. Light Wear.
Poland declared Szukalski the country’s greatest living artist in 1935. The government gave him a studio, the largest in Warsaw, and proclaimed it the Szukalski National Museum. It contained many of his intricate paintings and massive sculptures, notable for their dramatic mythological imagery; Szukalski had brought much of his lifetime work with him to Poland.
During the seige of Warsaw by the German army in September 1939, Szukalski was hurt in the initial bombing attack on Warsaw, which destroyed much of his studio. With two suitcases, Szukalski and his wife took refuge in the US embassy, since both were American citizens. By early November they were among about 100 Americans remaining in Warsaw. The two eventually escaped from Poland and were able to make their way back to the United States.
Szukalski had come to Poland with all his unsold works, encouraged by the prospect of building a museum devoted to his art; he left almost all of his work in Poland. Most of what had not been lost in the bombing attacks was destroyed by the occupying Germans.
This Polish sculptor and artist was extremely popular in his native country in the 1930s, doing absolutely incredible life-sized statues for public squares, great buildings and exhibits. But when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, nearly all of his public work were destroyed for being non-Aryan. He ended up in Lost Angeles, where writer and comics fan Glenn Bray found him. Subsequently Glen compiled several collections of his work, most of which are now long sold out and command big prices in the out of print market.Issued as is with no jacket. Slight waviness to pages, still quite a sharp, near fine copy of the very first book on this illustrator. One other monograph was done on him, also issued in Chicago, but it was even more limited and is even more difficult to find. We found just two copies of this on the Internet current, one at $3000, and one not as nice as ours at $2400.Szukalski created many bold, dramatic Art Deco styled sculptures in larger than life size as outdoor exhibits in his homeland of Poland. But legend has it they were pulled down and destroyed by the Nazis when Hitler invaded in WWII. The artist was a huge deal in his homeland in the 1920s and 1930s. before the war.
- Additional Information
Item Code RB1062 Publisher Covici-McGee Publish Date 1923 Print Status Out of Print Condition Near Fine. Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 11x12 # Pages 150+pg Color Partial Color