Hofstein, David. Troyer

AUCTION 2 | Tuesday, June 03rd, 1997 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art Including Property from a Dutch Private Collector and the Late T. Nachum Gidal

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Lot 233

Hofstein, David. Troyer

Front cover, title and six illustrated pages by Chagall 32 pp. Heavy central crease on most ff. resulting in tear, corners chipped, each leaf (including original pictorial printed wrappers) expertly encased in acetate and bound in modern linen boards, sm. folio Shmeruk 1537 (illustrated); Israel Museum Catalogue, Tradition and Revolution (1987) no. 150 i-vi (illustrated)

Kiev: Kultur Lige 1922

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
“The most impressive Yiddish book illustrations by Chagall during 1917-22 are the drawings he made for Troyer (‘Mourning’), a collection of poems by David Hofstein, which movingly portrays the feelings of the poet after the pogroms against the Jews in the Ukraine during the Civil War.” C. Abramsky, Yiddish Book Illustrations in Russia: 1916-192; in: Tradition and Revolution p.62. See also, S. Wolitz, Chagall’s Last Soviet Performance: The Graphics for Troyer, in: Journal of Jewish Art, Vol. 21/2 (1995/6) pp. 95-115