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Russian Avant-Garde Art

LET US SAY FIRST and quickly that this book is a bargain. With 527 glossy, heavy stock pages displaying almost 1200 reproductions, more than half of them in good color, and dozens of documentary photographs, it retails at only $60.00. In this era of excessive prices for books in general, and especially for art books, Abrams is to be congratulated for making such “elite” material available to the art-loving proletariat. They have proved that it can be done.

And what do we get for this investment? The most comprehensive and accurate look at early Russian modern painting yet seen anywhere. For the Western specialist in 20th century art, no less than for the general reader, the number of artists represented in this volume (65) and the variety of their artistic styles must come as a revelation. Well-known Russians—Kasimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin, El Lissitzky––are there, of course, but also

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