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15 Stone Lithograph Portfolio Matti Visanti 1885-1957

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 15 Stone Lithograph Portfolio Matti Visanti 1885-1957
Created by Matti Visanti (1885-1957) Finland, this portfolio is Number 82 of 400 copies of this rare set of 15 prints. The translated title from Finnish to English reads: " Rock Drawings of Aleksis Kivi Kanervala Poems," by 'Matti Visanti." These original stone lithographs were created by Visanti in 1944 as commissioned illustrations for Aleksis Kivi's book of poems. We have been unable to translate the 15 in-plate titles of the lithographs, each one of which has the artist's original signature in pencil just beneath the image. The artist has also included his monogram, "MV" within each plate. The back cover of the folio reads, translated: "A portfolio of 400 numbered copies of which this is number 82." The front image of the folio appears to also be a lithograph.

Each lithograph image is about 5.5" x 4", with page dimensions at about 11" x 9.5". Folio is about 12.5" x 10". Prints are in excellent condition while the folio has soiling, bends, tears at the fold, all correctible by a professional paper conservator if desired. c. 1944. $20 US Shipping.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Visanti was an architect and illustrator who was born, educated, and lived in Finland. He was commissioned by the Finnish novelist and poet, Aleksis Kivi to illustrate his books of poetry. Although the translation to English is a bit spotty, Wikkipedia offers a more complete biography of the artist, as well as a list of his illustration works and architectural creations.

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