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Poster for “Pirchan’s Munich Poster School“, 1914

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Nachlass Emil Pirchan,
Sammlung Steffan/Pabst,
Color lithograph on paper
47×35.3 cm


  • Emil Pirchan

    (Brno 1884–1957 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
By his own admission, Emil Pirchan (1884–1957) created more than 1,500 graphic works in the time between 1908 and 1918, including some 50 posters, numerous logos, bookplates, poster stamps, designs for packaging, technical illustrations for user manuals, calendar sheets, invitation cards, book illustrations, templates for flyleaves, coloring books for children as well as playing cards. In 1913, the industrious artist founded a private art school for advertising art at Elisabethstraße 15 in Munich. It was not for long that he was able to impart his technical knowledge, however, as he had to close the school when he was drafted for war service in 1915. This advertising poster is a negative image of this motif; some copies of the positive version, which shows the obelisk, the writing and the framing in dark blue on white, have also survived.

Object data

  • Emil Pirchan
Poster for “Pirchan’s Munich Poster School“
Graphic work
Color lithograph on paper
47×35.3 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6485, donation Collection Steffan/Pabst
Inventory access
New addition 2019

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Emil Pirchan, Zürich (1957);
Dr. Beat Steffan, Zürich (um 2010-2020); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2020). (2)

  1. Bild / Ruhrgebiet vom 22.02.2019: Große Pirchan-Austellung in Essen. Dieser Kunstschatz lag auf dem Dachboden, (Abruf: 16.05.2022)
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schenkungsvertrag vom 06.02.2020 und Übergabebestätigung vom 10.06.2020

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