chapter  5
16 Pages

Illustrating Yiddish Children’s Literature: Aesthetics and Utopia in Lissitzky’s Graphics for Mani Leib’s Yingl Tsingl Khvat sabine koller

During the Jewish Cultural Renaissance, Jewish folk art meets cubism, folklore meets futurism, primitive and archaic forms meet a refined, playful use of avant-garde techniques and devices. And art meets literature: at the core of the Jewish Cultural Renaissance illustrations of Jewish books f lourish — in general ref lecting the dynamic intermedial interactions between literature and art typical for the (Russian) avant-garde movement.3 Prose classics, modernist poetry, literary almanacs — they all are equipped with enticing cover images, vignettes, illustrations, thus catalysing and condensing the aesthetic programme of a group, tendency, or individual, be it Mendele or Markish, Sholem-Aleichem or Shtrom (Current).