Lithographisches Skizzenbuch 1916 (lithographic sketch book) 1/30 copies
München: Published by the author, 1916. Limited First edition. Hardcover. Folio (15 3/4 x 11"). Unpaginated.  leaves. Original 3/4 morocco over paper covered boards, with gold lettering to front cover.
Dedicated to Arthur Böthlingk (1849-1929), a famed German historian, Robert Genin's "Lithographisches Skizzenbuch" is a stunning collection of 97 in-text and 7 full-page sketches, all in lithographic printing.
Most lithographs are colored by hand.
The seven full-page lithographs at rear are handsigned in blue pencil by Genin himself.
Self-published in 1916 during the artist's internment in Munich as citizen of a hostile state (Russia), Robert Genin's lithographic sketch book sheds a valuable light on the artist's ardent and tormented soul.
The first sketches depict Genin's native town in Russia and some of its people followed by a few illustrations of Cairo, Egypt. Most of the sketches that follow depict sad-looking workers; drunkards; a widow with her children; a woman holding her dead child, etc..
One of only 30 copies, of which this is No. 26.
Binding rubbed along edges with some abrasion to leather. Head and tail of spine slightly chipped. Closed tears along joints. Some darkening and soiling to covers. Text in German. Binding in overall fair, interior in very good condition. f to vg. Item #42353
About the author: Robert Genin (1884-1941) was a Russian artist, painter, draftsman, and illustrator of Jewish origin, who lived in the Russian Empire, Germany, France, Switzerland and the USSR. In 1912, he became one of the founding members of the artists group Sema, and in 1913 became a member of the Münchener neue Secession. The outbreak of the First World War was a disastrous turn for his rise in the German art scene, and during the war Genin was interned in Munich as citizen of a hostile state. After the war he moved to Berlin. Over the period of 1915-1926, Genin's styles of painting and drawing developed in line with the direction of German expressionism. In 1929, he moved to Paris where his artistic style developed further under the influence of Fauvism and Neo-primitivism. In 1936, Genin finally returned to the USSR, with the intention of taking an active part in building up the new socialist society by painting frescos on the walls of Moscow's new buildings. He committed suicide on August 16, 1941, a few days after a devastating air raid by German bombers.