Monday, September 08, 2008
Czech Book Covers
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries website has provided this resource on Czech book covers of the 1920s and 1930s, which is based on the collection in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library. The overview introduces Czech book design which sprang from the journals published by the Devetsil Artistic Union. The union was a highly influential group of avant-garde poets, writers, artists and designers who were active from 1920 to 1931. The collection can be viewed by style - constructivism, poetism, surrealism or social realism; or by book designer/typographer/illustrator, including work by Karel Bedrna,Vrastislav Hugo Brunner, Gustave Dore and Adolf Hoffmeister. All these books can also be viewed by author or by date of publication. A select bibliography is also provided.