From the Lowly Lubok to Soviet Realism: Early Twentieth-Century Children’s Books from Russia is the title of an exhibit showing now through October 24, 2014 in the Special Collections lobby exhibit area (Allen Library basement) on the University of Washington Seattle main campus.

This exhibition in Special Collections, curated by Pamela K. Harer, brings together rare and scarce Russian children’s books from early in the 20th century and represents some of the most striking book design and illustration known to the field.  Most of the books included date from between the two World Wars, during the period of the Russian Revolution and were considered “a major weapon for education.” See the work of Pakhomov, Konashevich, Lebedev and Lissitzky. The names of the artists may be unfamiliar but the images and design elements are unforgettable.

The exhibit features Russian and Soviet items from the private collection of Pamela K. Harer.

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