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Oesterreichische Monatsbilder

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Oesterreichische Monatsbilder (1900) is an Austrian calendar in book form, and a good reminder that the Art Nouveau style produced a huge amount of high-quality work in a very short space of time. The artists, Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban, were featured in a post a couple of years ago with their work for Die Buecher der Chronika der drei Schwestern, a book whose drawings were probably produced in tandem with the ones here. For the Monatsbilder the pair present a calendar whose dates are absent (so it could easily be used today) with each month featuring a variety of symbolic details: astrological signs and figures, birds, plants and other items relating to the month in question. Many of these are specific to Austria, as are the illustrations on the facing pages which depict the patron saints of the provinces. The book may be browsed in full or downloaded here.

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Previously on { feuilleton }
Die Buecher der Chronika der drei Schwestern
Leo Visser calendar, 1903
Eugène Grasset’s calendar

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by Thombeau

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    Love these!

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Thom! Great to see you back here, and with a new avatar as well. x

 


 

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