The Department of Illustration

about two squares

Posted in Children's by The Department of Illustration on March 27, 2009

0262121581-f30El Lissitzky digital version available at Eldritch Press

This short book, intended for children of all ages, is perhaps the best-known work of El Lissitzky (1890-1941). Lissitzky was a Russian artist, architect, designer, typographer, and photographer who was active in the avante garde movement that flourished in Soviet Russia and in Germany, until the dominance of Soviet Realism by 1930 put a stop to its revolutionary activity. He directly influenced the typographical and display advertising innovations of the Bauhaus and “de Stijl”. This book entirely integrates modern typographical effects, as Lissitzky intended, with his illustrations in the Suprematist style.

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