LEBEDEV, VLADIMIR VASILIEVICH. 1891-1967.
8 original watercolors, including the cover and pictorial title page for Kto kolechko naidet? (Who Will Find the Ring?), a picture book with text by Marshak, published by Detgiz, Moscow in 1962. 243 x 184 mm each, with printer's annotations and mounted within original publisher's matting and protective paper covers.
V. V. Lebedev invented with S. Marshak the Soviet picture book in the 1920s with agitprop texts and Constructivist pictures. Denounced by Pravda as a "Formalist" on March 3, 1936, Lebedev capitulated by changing his style to a softer, more traditional approach to book illustration. These elegant, child-friendly designs demonstrate what a skillful watercolorist the artist was. Petrov p 287.