May 13, 2021 - Sale 2568

Sale 2568 - Lot 245

Price Realized: $ 5,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000

EL LISSITZKY (1890-1941)

[FOR THE VOICE]. Book. 1923.

7 1/2x5 1/4 inches, 19x13 1/4 cm. Lutze & Vogt for the State Publishing House, Berlin.
Condition B+: water staining and fading to covers; ink stamp on back cover; inside pages clean.

A landmark work for the Russian avant-garde movement, "For the Voice" represents an important period in the development of Constructivist design by Lissitzky. The title, "Dlia Golosa" derives from Russian Futurist Mayakovsky's 13 poems, which were meant to be read aloud. His innovative graphic design and typography are displayed in full force in this small book of 25 letterpress illustrations. "Lissitzky's invention of a thumb-tab index for ease in finding each poem epitomizes the notion of the book as functional object." Witovsky 37, MoMA 280.2001.1-25.