Lot 42

SHOR, S. Let Us Set Up A System for Guarding Factories, Power Stations, Mail, and Telegraph Communications, 1941

Organizuyem okhranu zavodov, elektrostantsiy, poctovoi i telegrafnoi svyazi [Let Us Set Up A System for Guarding Factories, Power Stations, Mail, and Telegraph Communications], a poster by Sarrah Shor  (1893-1981). OGIZ-Gospolitizdat, 1941, 71.5 x 53 cm.

Sarrah Shor studied art in the Kiev Art School (class of 1913) and the Imperial Art Academy in St. Petersburg. She lived in Kiev, then after 1929 in Moscow, and worked primarily as a book illustrator. Notably, she illustrated a number of books in Yiddish through the 1920s, and in the 1930s illustrated several books of the prestigious Academia series. Occasionally, she also worked as a theater artist. In the 1920s, Shor joined a group of avant-garde Jewish Ukrainian artists of the Kultur-Lige; an interesting article discussing her works of that period appeared In Zerkalo, Tel Aviv, May 2011 (retrieved from the website, http://zerkalo-litart.com/?p=3560). Shor had a personal exhibition in Moscow in 1945, but after the start of a campaign against “cosmopolitism,” her Kiev period works and her ties to the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee were held against her. Orders for books and posters immediately dried up, and she had never really recovered from this setback.

Opening Price: $400

Estimate: $400-$600

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