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With all-original artwork by Koloman Moser, Otto Wagner, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Klimt, Schiele and others, the avante garde Austrian magazine Ver Sacrum set the standard for art nouveau imagery and fine magazine design.This Vienna Secession showpiece was published from 1898 to 1903, collecting 471 original drawings made specifically for the magazine, 55 lithographs and copper engravings and 216 block prints. This collects all 120 regular issue covers—plus special, limited-edition covers—along with a selection of the very finest and most innovative interior artworks.
Ver Sacrum (meaning "Sacred Spring" in Latin) was conceived by this all-star list of young, rebellious, wildly creative artists. Each issue addressed a different theme, and they even changed paper quality and printers to keep the innovation coming along. Some of these artists were architects, others illustrators, others designers, and they created this magazine to reflect art at its highest level, with each page highly designed with vigettes, borders, illustrated drop caps (initial letters)...each aspect of the magazine a work of art, from cover to prose works to poetry to full page illustrations.
Writers including Rainer Maria Rilke, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Maurice Maeterlinck, Knut Hamsun, Otto Julius Bierbaum, Richard Dehmel, Ricarda Huch, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer and Arno Holz were published in its pages.
From Scotland even Charles Rennie MacIntosh and the MacDonalds became contributors, leaders in their own country's art nouveau movement. Never before have we seen a book of this quality and with this quantity of reproductions from this magazine. I'd like to say it’s the Austrian equivalent of England‘s The Studio; that is correct as far as time period and art quality, but Ver Sacram takes reproduction techniques and quality to an entirely new level of excellence. And it's not just covering the field of turn-of-the-century art, it was leading the field by example.
Each year of issues opens with an overview of the contributors and their contributions, putting all the various themes and changes into perspective. I can't imagine any better coverage of the subject for someone such as you or I, unless we could have a complete volume of every page in every issue, which would take multiple volumes, or a windy scholarly examination...the art can, for the most part, speak for itself.
Ver Sacrum reveals the tremendous originality of the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) language, a cornerstone of modernity that elaborated new forms of design, illustration and print/editorial composition.
- Additional Information
Item Code VERSH Publisher Skira Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9788857238760 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 11x13 # Pages 320pg Color Full Color