Continuing the series of posts about Ver Sacrum, the art journal of the Viennese Secession. After a somewhat lacklustre collection for 1900 the journal finds its vitality again, the painters of happy Teutonic peasants having been dropped in favour of more remarkable prints and graphics from Vienna’s finest. The contents for this year parallel some of the works being featured in Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration for the same period. Gustav Klimt is given a great deal of attention, beginning with the calendar piece below. There’s also work from the Symbolist sculptor George Minne and a feature on the Glasgow School artists Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald. Throughout the year each issue tends to concentrate on a single artist or exhibition. There’s so much good stuff in this year it’s not possible to present more than a small sample. Those interested are encouraged to browse all 432 pages or download the entire volume here.
The Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin died on January 16th, 1901. He was a hugely influential figure for the subsequent generation of German and Austrian artists, and all the art magazines seemed to make some acknowledgement of his death. This page by Adolf Böhm was Ver Sacrum‘s contribution, a blaze of flame surrounding the Secession’s triple shield.
How great was Koloman Moser? This could easily have been produced in the 1960s.