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Blanco y Negro (1891-present)

In the 1920s, this Spanish news and cultural magazine commissioned a number of talented graphic artists to produce covers in the French art deco mold and thereby imply to their subscribers a vein of modern history that rises above the prosaic "black and white" of the supposed comprehensive contents. Whereas the (black and white) photographically enhanced accounts of venerable political, theatrical and sporting events show stolid Latinos behaving like their grandparents, the illustrations in question (which occasionally spill over into the story boards and make some inroads there into celebrity and glamor photos) show young moderns far from sure of themselves but having more convincing adventures. For instance, the cover of the June, 1933 publication shows a rather formidable young thing in the dining car of a rocketing train, smoking a cigarette and contemplating excitements at the end of the line.

Format: Variations in dimensions, page numbers;text in Spanish; photographs and illustrations on every page;condition very good,specific information on request

Enjoy this dimension of the Spanish illustrative feast which includes Blanco y Negro.

Harper's Bazaar (1867-present)

Our holdings for this publication orient toward its period of Surrealist graphics and hence relate to a "Harper's Bizarre." During his stay in New York City in the mid to late 1930s, A.M. Cassandre linked with the magazine in question, to produce a series of audacious covers in the spirit of Dali's infatuation with the eerie aspects of presenting a self-image in accordance with a historical moment when mundane life began to display quite overt signs of inexplicable mystery.

Indicative of that rebelliousness, on the part of nature, being in the air, is the issue from September 15, 1939, a moment when strange and dangerous goings-on were much to the fore. Not only is there Cassandre's blood-red cover, turning the advent of eye-opening Paris haute couture intros into a clutch of eyes involved with much more than that, but also Features upon the works of Surrealist fashion houses like that of Schiaparelli. There also, a series of grand drawings and witty captions by Marcel Vertes, pokes playful fun at the new darkness becoming compelling. In one, a nanny assures her terrified charge, while a figure looms, all in strange black attire, "Don't cry's only your mother!"

Taking over from Cassandre once War had begun, Vertes gives us, in the issue of April i942, an instance of the alluring ambivalence derivable from the Surrealist wellspring, with its cover, at once so breezy and spring-like and at the same time horrific---her black glove a trompe l'oeil wolf slashing at her incredulous face.

Format:13 " x 10"; approximately 125 pages; condition generally excellent; specific information on request;text in English; illustrations largely related to fashion on every page. In addition there is fiction aimed at women and some entertainment and celebrity features.

Please visit our Surrealism Gallery to view many Harper's Bazaar (covers only,without magazine content).