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“Ver Sacrum”, magazine of the Union of Austrian Artists, regular issue, April 1899, 2nd year, no. 4, 1899

Leopold Museum,
Vienna
Letterpress on paper
29.5×29×0.3 cm

Artists

  • Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs
  • Gerlach & Schenk
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
For the April issue of the second year of Ver Sacrum in 1899, Koloman Moser (1868–1918) designed a cover showing the face of a girl with stylized hair blowing in the wind. The painter, graphic artist and artisan craftsman greatly influenced the conception and layout of the magazine. Together with Alfred Roller (1864–1935), Friedrich König (1857–1941) and Joseph Maria Olbrich (1867–1908), he was a member of the editorial staff of the publication’s artistic division and created numerous illustrations. These included decorations for book pages, textile designs for the company J. Backhausen & Söhne and illustrations for individual text contributions, including in this issue Der Geist der japanischen Kunst, an article on Japanese art by Ernst Schur (1876–1912), and Knut Hamsun’s (1859–1952) Der Sohn der Sonne, a literary contribution in the form of a novella. The issue also provided insight into the Secession’s fourth exhibition in the form of photographic reproductions. The design of the 32 pages followed the aesthetic idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk (universal work of art).

Object data

Artist/author
  • Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs
  • Publishing company: Gerlach & Schenk
Title
“Ver Sacrum”, magazine of the Union of Austrian Artists, regular issue, April 1899, 2nd year, no. 4
Date
1899
Art movement
Secession, Art Nouveau
Category
Book
Material​/technique
Letterpress on paper
Dimensions
29.5×29×0.3 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 5981
Inventory access
Accession 2016
Keywords

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Provenance

Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.-2010);
Dr. Diethard Leopold, Wien (2010-2017); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2017)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 23.01.2017

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