Koloman Moser: 1868-1918

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9783791338798: Koloman Moser: 1868-1918

Co-founder with Josef Hoffmann of the Wiener Werkstatte, Koloman Moser furnished Viennese homes with a simplicity and elegance that contrasted with the city's baroque decadence at the time. This new exhibition catalogue introduces readers hundreds of colour illustrations, showcasing the artist's design concepts for entire rooms including inlaid furniture, dinnerware, vases and wall hangings. The book traces Moser's artistic development as he branched into public projects, designing stamps, banknotes, and the glorious windows of the Otto Wagner Church in Steinhof. Readers are also treated to samples of Moser's paintings - landscapes, portraits and mythological scenes that are characterised by their extraordinary colour. Enhanced with photographs from the artists private life, many never before published, this monograph presents the full range of Moser's contributions to the world of art and design.

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About the Author :

RUDOLF LEOPOLD is the founder and director of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. GERD PICHLER is an art historian, who specializes in 19th and 20th century Austrian art.

From Publishers Weekly :

In 1903, the artist and designer Koloman Moser, along with fellow artist Josef Hoffmann and industrialist Fritz Waerndorfer, founded the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop). There Moser produced some of the icons of 20th-century design. This heavily illustrated volume, edited by the museological director of Vienna's Leopold Museum and an art historian at Vienna University with contributions by other scholars, traces Moser's full career, beginning with his work as a young illustrator of art journals and children's books and as a participant from 1897 to 1903 in the Vienna Secession. During his years with the Werkstätte he produced fabrics, furniture, book bindings, jewelry and toys before leaving in 1907 over various disputes. Later he gained his widest exposure by producing postage stamps and bank notes for the Austrian government as well as working in both theater design and church decoration. Although many of the stage efforts were unproduced and the religious projects often devolved into what he described as a series of unpleasant situations, the illustrations prove that he was creating breakthrough designs. On the other hand, 70 examples of his easel paintings offer thin support for the editors' claim that he was an innovator and not a follower of established modernist trends. 350 color and b&w illus.
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