by Rosenstein, Erna
Krakow: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1979. Octavo (16.5 × 11.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 167,  pp. Five full-page illustrations by Rosenstein. Light soil to wrappers. Very good. First edition. Third collection of poetry by the Polish-Jewish surrealist artist and poet Erna Rosenstein (1913-2004), illustrated with five black and white reproductions of Rosenstein's works including the front wrapper. Rosenstein came to poetry later in life, publishing her first collection "Slad" in 1972. The works in this collection span the period between 1968-1978 and like much of her post-war art and poetry are inflected with her experiences as a Holocaust survivor. Born in an intellectual family in Lemberg (Lviv), Rosenstein studied art in Vienna and Kraków in the interwar period, becoming part of the Kraków avant-garde group. The Paris Surrealist Exhibition of 1937 shaped her visual vocabulary, though the majority of her artistic work from this period was lost during WWII. A life-long leftist and a member of the Polish Workers' Party, Rosenstein was nevertheless silenced as an artist during the Socialist Realist period in Poland in 1949-1955, continuing to make abstract and surrealist work underground. In 1955 she would be one of the key figures in the revival of the Kraków avant-garde group championing non-figurative art in Poland. She would also go on to publish six collections of poetry.
As of May 2022, KVK and OCLC show seven copies in North America. (Inventory #: 52070)