While I was in London I was able to see the "A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia", at the House of Illustration.
What I didn't realize, until the catalogue showed up in the mail, was that the work I loved the most from the show was all done by illustrator Eduard Krimmer! Was really surprised by how modern the work was, the risk taking from a design point of view. These illustrations are from the 1920s. Limitations in the printing process, and a revolution in thought can create beautiful things.
(*I scanned a few of these out of the catalogue from the show at the House of Illustration.)
Below: Krimmer, Chukovsky, Marshak) Kipling, Rudyard OTKUDA U KITA TAKAYA GLOTKA ("How the Whale Got Its Gullet") Moscow-Leningrad: GIZ, 1926
Below: Eduard Krimmer - Illustration for PORT, by Semen Polotskii, 1926