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Sapgir, Genrikh

Painted Sun. Illustrations by Eric Bulatov and Oleg Vassiliev.

Painted Sun. Illustrations by Eric Bulatov and Oleg Vassiliev.

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Sapgir, G. [Painted Sun]. Narisovannoe Solntse.

Illustrations by E. Bulatov and O. Vasilev.

Moskva, Izdatel'stvo Detskiy mir, 1962.
8vo, [16] pp.incl.wr., ill.

In original illustrated wrappers.
Near very good condition, lightly rubbed to spine and edges, small cracks to edges, small owner's mark to front cover.

First edition. Very rare, especially in such condition.

This book is a collection of verses by Genrikh Sapgir (1928-1999), a poet, translator, and leader of the Soviet Nonconformist Art movement. He was a member of the first postwar underground community of artists and poets, known as the "Lianozovo Group," and is considered one of the most innovative poets of the 1960s and 70s. His biographer and friend, David Shrayer-Petrov, referred to Sapgir as an "avant-garde classic" and compared his work to the experiments of Khlebnikov, Kharms, and Lewis Carroll. However, the poet was unable to publish any of his original work for adults in the USSR until 1989.
The book's design was created by Eric Bulatov (born 1933) and Oleg Vassiliev (1931-2013), artists and classic painters of the unofficial art scene of the 1960s-80s. They studied at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow and later collaborated as children's book illustrators. In the 1960s, Bulatov formed the "Sretensky Boulevard Group" with Ilya Kabakov, Edik Steinberg, Oleg Vassiliev, Vladimir Yankilevsky, and Viktor Pivovarov. Vassiliev emigrated to the USA in 1990.
This book was part of the children's collection of Inna Shmeleva (1929-2020), an artist who studied under Ely Bielutin, the founder of The New Reality artistic academy. In 1962, Shmeleva participated in the 30th anniversary of the Moscow Union of Artist at the Central Exhibition Hall (Manège), an event that was severely criticized by Nikita Khrushchev. This event marked the end of the period known as the Khrushchev Thaw.

OCLC locates one copy of this edition only: in the Stanford University Library.

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