A stunning Secessionist poster coming up in our vintage posters auction of the Julius Paul Collection on 12/18 at Swann Auction Galleries. Open for previews starting Friday 12/13
JOSEF MARIA AUCHENTALLER (1880-1949) GROSSER FEST CORSO UND FRUHLINGSFEST. 1899.
37x49 3/4 inches, 94x126 1/2 cm.
Condition B+: repaired tears at edges; loss in upper margin; creases and minor abrasions in margins an image; vertical and horizontal folds. Mounted on chartex.
Auchentaller was a painter, jewelry and poster designer, illustrator and master arts and craftsman who played a prominent role in the Vienna Secession between 1897 and 1902. He was an editor of Ver Sacrum in 1900 and 1901, during which time he contributed numerous illustrations, not to mention, two covers for the magazine. In 1901, an entire issue was even dedicated to his work. In 1900, he designed the poster and catalogue cover for the 7th Secession Exhibition, and for the group’s 14th exhibition, Auchentaller exhibited a massive Beethoven frieze. Auchentaller left Vienna in 1903 and parted ways with the Secession in 1905. This rare poster is typically seen without text. The building depicted is the Rotunda which was built for the 1873 Vienna World’s Fair. Postcards that exist from the same event help us precisely date this poster. Wiener Plakate 14, Life with Posters p. 103 (var).
Estimate $12,000 - 18,000
Up for auction this Thursday at Swann.
Ruth Orkin, Boy walking, Central Park Reservoir, early 1950s
The reflection of the city skyline, in the background, and the darkened silhouette of an adolescent boy, in the foreground, combine in Ruth Orkin’s photograph to create an image that emphasizes the timeless youthfulness embodied by the spirit of New York.
I found this Florence Reichman hat from the 1940s on Etsy. She’s one of my ancestors on my maternal side, who was a famous milliner in NYC. She designed hats that were influenced both by art & current fashions & her daughter designed dresses to go alongside the hats. Some of her works are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection! I love that there’s a little ‘F’ sewn into the inside of the hat & I was able to google streetview the building she worked in. I guess I’ll have to actually walk by it some day soon, since it’s not far from where I work!
I was so excited to find this online, since the only other I’ve come across so far was on Ebay. We’re going to make a shadowbox for the hat & some NY Times articles about her.
To create this photogram - which is huge, about 6 feet tall in its frame - Fuss placed half a dozen snakes on a large sheet of photographic paper that was lightly dusted with talcum powder. As the paper was exposed to light, the moving snakes “drew” the image.