Vintage 1950 First Edition Book of Tretchikoff Prints
This book –Tretchikoff– by Richard Buchner, published by Howard Timmins, is said to be one of the very reasons that Vladimir Tretchikoff, the Russian painter who took residence in Cape Town in 1946, shot to world fame around 1950. After exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg, he was invited to the United States, where 57 000 people saw his exhibition in Los Angeles and 52 000 in San Francisco.
This copy is a first edition and it has sixty plates of his early work. In 1950, Tretchi was only 37 and many of what became his most famous paintings, still needed to be painted. The book has sixty plates, of which six are colour plates, and two are double page foldouts.
Condition:The book is not in pristine condition. It has some water damage to the front and back cover, and on the edges of some of the pages. None of the plates are damaged, however, except for two of the colour plates that have been folded by users, but not torn. The book has an authentic feel.