[AVANT GARDE]. KINDAI BIJUTSU SHICHO KOZA L'IDEE ET L'ESPRIT DE L'ART MODERNE. Tokyo: Atelier-sha, Shôwa 12, 13 [1937, 38]. Six volumes in printed publisher's slipcases. 22.5 x 16.3 cm. Cloth- bound western-style. A fascinating series of volumes. The critics Sagara Tokuzô and Araki Sueo wrote REALISME and FAUVISME, respectively. The artists Ihara Usaburo, Fukuzawa Ichiro, Kanbara Tai & Hasegawa Saburô wrote CUBISME; SURREALISME; FUTURISME, EXPRESSIONISME, DADAISME; and ABSTRACT ART. The product of a time when Japan justly felt itself to be firmly in the vanguard of world art. The spines are a bit darkened and the slipcases rubbed, but overall a very good copy of this very unusual and important set. Not merely painting and printmaking, but also the plastic arts, and a bit of architecture, etc. are addressed in these wide-ranging and well-illustrated volumes. Complete, as issued.