(Vienna), Wiener Werkstätte, (circa 1920).
Oblong folio, loose as issued in original red paper portfolio printed in black, (in modern box by designer bookbinder Clara Gevaert). 2 original lithographed leaves of cut-out colour figures to fold and assemble, one including a schematic for the arrangement of the assembled figures. Complete.
First and only edition.
Three other such children’s games were designed and published by the Wiener Werkstätte : Die Stadt, Die Wallfahrt and Das Dorf.
Born in Pandorf in 1891, the Hungarian artist Maria Pranke studied in Vienna at the Kunstschule für Frauen und Mädchen, and from 1910 to 1914 at the Kunstgewerbeschule under Kolo Moser. Among other works, she designed postcards for the Wiener Werkstätte.
Printed in small number.
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.
A fine copy of a fragile and scarce publication.
Ref. Heller, Die bunte Welt, 451 / Not in Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library
Price: 2.800,00 euros
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