Belgrad: Yugoslavija, 1955. Profusely Illustrated. First Edition. Signed presentation from Bihalji-Merin on the title page. Oto Bihalji-Merin [1904–1993) was an acclaimed Yugoslav and Serbian writer, art historian painter and art critic. In the aftermath of World War II, when art circles in Yugoslavia were pressured to adopt the socialist realism state-approved policies of the Soviet union, Bihalji-Merin used his influence to defend modernist and naïve styles. For this reason, he is thought to have been instrumental in Yugoslavia's departure from the Soviet-style populist and heavily politically influenced visual arts. He has long been concerned with the relation between modern and primitive art. Large quarto: pictorial white cardboard wraps, with fold-on dust jacket (as issued); 183 pages, plus index and notes. Item #57024
Very Good (some wear & small creases covers, few neat repairs spine; content clean & tight, rear endpaper creased).