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TOPOLSKI CHRONICLE
Edition: No.2 Vol. I 1953
Version:
1 Sheet Double Sided
Size:
H 46cm x W 58cm
Price:
£400

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TOPOLSKI CHRONICLE
Edition: No.9-12 Vol. XII 1964
Version:
1 Sheet Double Sided
Size:
H 116cm x W 92cm
Price:
£300

 

 

 




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Chronicles

Feliks Topolski’s Chronicles were produced largely single-handedly by the artist himself, using a printing press in his own studio. These extraordinary images illustrated for several decades what Joyce Carey rightly described as “the most brilliant record we have of a contemporary scene, as seized by a contemporary mind”.

Topolski’s Chronicles contain over 2300 drawings, depicting his interpretation of the many current affairs of the time. An original broadsheet came out twenty-four times a year, each with its own unique identity but all the while maintaining Feliks’s unmistakable graphic style, satirical humour and compelling subject matter.

It was hand-printed, usually on butcher paper, using, at first, an old pedal machine by a young Polish couple, Kystyna and Czeslaw Bednarczyk. Throughout the years the Chronicles grew larger and ever more elaborate in scope, content and size with colour sections in some issues printed on his own printing press at his studio arch.

The Chronicles are glowing with visual vitality; pictures and prose jostle each other on the rough brown paper, bristling with comment and observation about the people, politics and events of the time.

They not only exemplify the constantly productive versatility of Topolski’s draughtsmanship, the universality of his interests, and the exuberant acuity of his vision, but they also demonstrate the artist’s eternal fascination and concern for public life and universal events rather than private issues.

* There are a limited number of the Chronicles available for sale. Depending on the rarity and size, the Chronicles vary in price from £50 – £400. Price reflects the full issue of each Chronicle inclusive of the images displayed.

* Images are printed (in most cases) on both sides and are usually (but not always) a sheet measuring 58.5cm wide by 46cm high and folded to make a final issue size of 29.25cm wide by 46cm high. The longest or highest size of the Chronicles can be up to 2 metres.

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