6 Christmas Rhymes 6 Christmas Pictures.
Translated by Paula Granichstädten.Vienna: Studio Emmy Zweybrück, 1931 Stock Code: 140553
First edition in English of this beautifully illustrated work, produced at the studio of Emmy Zweybrück; institutionally scarce, with just six copies traced in WorldCat. It was published in German in a small edition the previous year, under the title Ein Stern ist aufgegangen.
Zweybrück (1890-1956), a highly talented artist and teacher, trained at the Vienna School of Applied Arts. "In 1914, in defiance of the gender divide in education, Emmy Zweybrück established her own embroidery atelier and school in Vienna, Kunstgewerbeliche Schule und Werkstätte, accepting advanced students of embroidery from abroad as well as from Vienna... Zweybrück quickly developed an international reputation as from 1916 her work frequently received favourable reviews in The Studio, Die Kunst, Deutsche Kunst und Dekorative (DKD), Stickereien und Spitzen (Stickereien). Zweybrück was said to use the arts to alleviate children's depression after World War I" (Heffernan, p. 105). She received international acclaim in 1925 when her works were included in the Austrian Pavilion at the 1925 Exposition des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes.
Redslob, who provided the text, was the Reichkunstwart (State Art Officer) under the Weimar Republic; the position was abolished in 1933. "Zweybrück hailed Redslob as a hero, along-with her graphics teacher, Rudolf von Larisch. Redslob was responsible for national art and culture questions and made numerous attempts to evolve a state policy for applied arts and design seeking to introduce a statute to improve recognition for applied artists. At the time, German crafts people were under considerable threat as a result of the expansion of industry... In 1933 Redslob resigned from the National Socialists and was dismissed by the Nazis. Later in the 1930s Redslob wrote articles for the American Design journal. He established an university and set about finding banished artworks after the Second World War" (Heffernan, p. 108).
Small quarto. Original orange cloth-backed pink and blue striped boards, title to front cover in blue, decorative pink and yellow tape to fore edge, as issued.
With 6 full-page hand-coloured lithographs with gold and silver foil highlights by Emmy Zweybrück.
A little spotting to boards, contents bright and clean, a near-fine copy of this beautiful production.
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