Straight Jackets: the Art of the Book Jacket University of Otago Straight Jackets: the art of the book jacket

The American-born Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) spent many years in Paris and London, illustrating and designing posters and books as well as cards and brochures for commercial use. He was a versatile, and influential artist. In the 1930s, his output not only reflected the pre-1914 Cubist look, but also the Bauhaus and surrealist styles. He learnt from his friend Herbert Bayer, the Bauhaus designer, the art of simple layout using diagonals and tense relationships between visual masses.

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