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Poster for the Emperor’s jubilee procession, 1908

Leopold Museum,
Color lithograph on paper
210×76.5 cm


  • Bertold Löffler

    (Nieder-Rosenthal near Reichenberg/district of Liberec 1874–1960 Vienna)

  • Christoph Reisser’s Söhne
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This poster was designed by the painter, graphic artist and designer Bertold Löffler (1874–1960) for the jubilee procession marking the 60th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s reign in 1908. Löffler, who had succeeded Carl Otto Czeschka (1878–1960) in 1907 as head of the painting class at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, chose a slender vertical format for the poster and placed a kneeling knight into the depiction. This medieval-looking figure is wearing a chain armor under a white garment and is holding a banner featuring a red lion with both hands. Underneath it, the artist placed white lettering reading “Emperor’s jubilee procession”, while the area, highlighted in red, right on the bottom provides terse information about the place and date. For the motif of the knight, Löffler seems to have derived inspiration from Georges Minne’s (1866–1941) sculpture Kneeling Youth as well as from works by Richard Luksch (1872–1936) and Koloman Moser (1868–1918).

Object data

  • Bertold Löffler
  • Print: Christoph Reisser’s Söhne
Poster for the Emperor’s jubilee procession
Art movement
Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Color lithograph on paper
210×76.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 3047
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Fantastisch! Rudolf Kalvach. Wien und Triest um 1900, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Roberto Festi, Cinisello Balsamo 2012 (Ausst. Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 07.06.2012–10.09.2012).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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