These 2 originals for a famous publication of the Art Deco times: "Ex Libris", are signed Vladimir Burda, a Czech artist, both in the plate and in pencil, and dated respectively 1923 and 1924.
The pieces were both created for the cover of "Ex Libris" issues, with a different writer's name on each: "Josef Fuchs" and "Frant Vilim", in black and white on fairly thin paper.
They have amazing intensity and originality! Fascinating is the word.
A combination of geometry, floral designs and innovative lettering, so typical of Art deco, they are woodcuts printed aside from the matrix, before the publication went to press.
Their stunning beauty comes from the spirit of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and what seems like the memory of ancestral family crests.
This Art Deco work from the former Soviet Union rarely surfaces, and it is always a real culture shock to find yet another original expression, in an era one thought to be completely familiar!
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 4 3/4". Width: 3 3/4". (12 cm) X (9.5 cm) 2nd piece: Length: 4 5/8". Width: 3 3/8". (12 cm) by (9 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition with no damage.
Will be shipped Registered Airmail (very safe!) from Paris under thick layers of cardboard, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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Item ID: 1809PNT