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Schulz, Bruno (Author/Artist); Ficowski, Jerzy (Editor/Contributor) & Other Contributors. THE DRAWINGS OF BRUNO SCHULZ. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 271 pages. Fine/Fine.

Posthumous collection of the author's drawings. One of the greatest art books of the 20th century. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original by a University Press. A brilliant production by William A. Seabright: Oversize-volume format. Handsome black cloth boards with red titles embossed on spine, as issued. Art by Bruno Schulz. Edited with an Introduction by Jerzy Ficowski. Printed on thick, pristine-white coated stock paper in the United States to the very highest standards. In glossy pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents in one indispensable volume what remains of Bruno Schulz's body of work as an artist. A great engraver, draftsman, and painter, Schulz earned his living as a humble art teacher. He was one of the first Modern writers to incorporate his own drawings in his stories, one of which, "The Age of Genius", is about his artistic childhood. "At once highly personal and deliberately eclectic, deriving its power and form from both the Viennese Expressionists and the Old Masters, his art, like his writing, is deeply infused with a sense of personal and cultural degradation, an ominous, prescient aura of the horrors in store for the fragile and rapidly disappearing world in which he lived. The originality of Schulz's work lies not only in the intimate conveyance of life but in the grotesque eroticism of its iconography. Schulz describes the struggle between spirit and matter, the pain of creation, and the compelling force of torment that fertilizes the imagination of the artist" (Jerzy Ficowski). Many of the drawings have a Classical purity of line that harks back to the Masters. Still, the most revelatory works are the ones that render his adult subjects, including himself, as stunted, dwarf-like, and deformed (even in the sinuous erotic drawings). With their overgrown heads and distorted figures, the grown-ups look like children. As strange as it may sound, erotic desire is ultimately a manifestation of childhood in the Schulz-ian universe. That is, sex may be an adult activity, but its power is precisely to render the human being helpless (to sexual need and desire), as needy and dependent, if not more so, as a child (hence the explicit masochism in Schulz's erotic drawings). To anyone familiar with his books, none of this is surprising as Schulz saw human life as a form of eternal childhood. Because we are human, we can only "grow" so much, despite our best efforts; we have to pretend to be adults when in fact, we will always, happily and unhappily, be children; and in the end, childhood, pains and all, is both genius and bliss. There is nothing quite like these drawings, where human beings, presented in exaggerated fashion, capture what they really are deep inside and what they really want to be. A "must-have" title for Bruno Schulz, Modern First, and art collectors. This title has been out-of-print for almost twenty years and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce copy thus. 200 plates. One of the greatest artist/writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BRUNO SCHULZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0810109646. $200.00

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