[WIENER WERKSTÄTTE]Almanach der Wiener Werkstätte

Wien & Leipzig, Verlag Brüder Rosenbaum, (1911).

Small square 8vo, publisher’s orange cloth boards printed in brown after a design by Josef Hoffmann. 126pp. Text and page numbers surrounded by an ornamental rule in green and black, decorated capital letters, 12 fine plates of which 4 coloured by Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Berthold Löffler, Carl Otto Czeschka (2 illustrations including a jewellery design, p. 107),  Josef von Divéky, Ivan Mestrovic, Oskar Kokoschka, Paris von Güttersloh, Moritz Jung and K. Schwetz. Complete.

First Edition of the only almanac published by the Wiener Werkstätte, under the editorship of Max Mell and with literary contributions by Peter Altenberg, Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Max Brod, Rainer Maria Rilke and others.

Important document.

The Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops, 1903-1932) was one of the longest-lived design movements of the twentieth century and a key organization for the development of modernism. Centered in the Austrian capital, it stood at the doorway between traditional methods of manufacture and a distinctly avant-garde aesthetic. The Wiener Werkstätte’s emphasis on complete artistic freedom resulted in a prodigious output of designs, and this, along with an army of skilled craftsmen and a complex network of production and distribution made it the standard for Austrian design between the dawn of the twentieth century and the depths of the Great Depression. Led by the unassuming architect Josef Hoffmann and his associates such as Dagobert Peche and Koloman Moser, the Wiener Werkstätte drew from movements such as the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau as well as from traditional folk art, and forecasted the flowering of Art Deco and the International Style in the interwar period. Its demise in the midst of repeated financial crises demonstrates the ultimate inability of artistic enterprises to completely free themselves from the economic concerns of the age (The Art Story).

A very good copy.

Ref. Werner J. Schweiger, pp. 91-92 (with illustration) / Yearning for Beauty, p. 95

Price: 950,00 euros

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