Celia, cuchifritín and other illustrated stories
The book entitled Serny. Celia, Cuchifritín y otras historias ilustradas is a monography of the artist Serny.
Serny (Ricardo Summers e Isern, Puerto de Santa María, Cadiz, 1908 – Madrid, 1995) is one of the artists of the Edad de Plata [Silver Age], the period from 1878 to 1936 that is known for its dynamism and cultural richness.
Artists and writers met in magazines like Blanco y Negro or Gente Menuda, in literary circles, conferences and exhibitions that were constant in the artist life of Madrid. Serny was very popular after winning the Poster Contest of the Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid in 1932, 1933 and 1934. And, later in the 40’s, for his portraits of children (he painted more than 500), as well as for creating a new typology of woman. Serny’s works were seen in 27 solo and 20 group shows. José Francés said: «Serny is the Toulouse-Lautrec of our times».
Begoña Summers de Aguinaga (granddaughter of the artist and painter) is the curator of the exhibition, and the essay published in the book results from her research on the life and work of Serny. This catalogue has an original oblong format, charming illustrations of Celia and Cuchifritín, and a thorough study of Serny and the artist circle of his times.
16.5 x 24 cm