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Loetz vase decor Vulkan ca. 1903

SKU 982

Vase with three handles, design by School of Koloman Moser, manufactured by Johann Loetz Witwe for E.Bakalowits Söhne, Dekor Vulkan, um 1903

  • Height: 12cm, Width: 11.5cm, Depth: 11.5cm
  • 1900 to 1905
    Technique: mouth blown glass, reduced and iridescent
    Provenance: Private collection, Vienna

    Bib.: A. Adlerova, E. Ploil, H. Ricke, T. Vlcek (eds.), Loetz – Böhmisches Glas 1880-1940, vol. II, paper pattern catalogue, Prestel, Munich 1989, paper pattern 85/5146, p. 311; E. Ploil, Glass and Ceramics, in: Ch. Witt Döring (Hg.) Koloman Moser: “Designing modern Vienna 1897 – 1907”, Prestel Verlag, München 2013, p. 246-287

    7.200,00 VAT inclusive
    SKU 982
    Description

    The Vulkan decor was used by Loetz exclusively for paper pattern designs by E. Bakalowits Söhne and was most likely developed in the course of the collaboration between the “School of Prof. Kolo Moser” and E. Bakalowits Söhne.The design of this vase shows remarkable parallels to works of Koloman Moser himself. The vase represents an interesting interplay between form and effect. Despite its compactness, this object has a breath-taking presence. The harmony is created by a clever trick: the height corresponds almost exactly to the diameter, which evokes a balanced appearance in the eye of the beholder.
    The elongated mouth of the vase is supported by three attached wing-like handles. On this generous surface, dominated by the brown-violet overlay, the light iridescence reveals its full brilliance.

    Artist

    As a jack-of-all-trades, Koloman Moser shaped the Viennese art scene around 1900 like hardly any other artist of his generation. Initially active as an illustrator and graphic designer, the versatile artist subsequently provided numerous designs for furniture, metal objects, fabrics, glass, etc. and was also artistically active as a painter. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, Moser became a founding member of the Vienna Secession in 1897. He designed the club magazine of this progressive artists' association and was responsible for its corporate design (catalogs, exhibition design). Together with Josef Hoffmann and Fritz Waerndorfer, Koloman Moser founded the Wiener Werkstatte in 1903. Until his resignation in 1907, he and Hoffmann were the artistic directors. They propagated the penetration of all areas of life with artistically designed arts and crafts in the sense of the Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art). With numerous designs for the Wiener Werkstätte, he contributed significantly to the valorization of contemporary-modern arts and crafts in Vienna around 1900. From 1900 on, Moser taught graphic design at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts and influenced and promoted a whole generation of artists and designers. Designs from the Koloman Moser School were executed by renowned manufactories, such as Backhausen, Bakalowits, Loetz, Portois & Fix, J. & J. Kohn, etc. In 1905, Moser resigned from the Secession together with the Klimt group and in 1908 took a prominent part in the widely acclaimed Kunstschau (art show) organized by the group in Vienna. In the years 1908 until his death in 1918, the focus of his artistic activity was on painting. Stylistically, the paintings of Ferdinand Hodler exerted a great influence on him. Although not celebrated as a painter during his lifetime, Nowadays, Moser's intensely colored, symbolist paintings are in great demand on the art market . Today, works by Koloman Moser can be found in the collections of important museums, such as the MAK and Leopold Museum in Vienna, or in international private collections, such as the Neue Galerie New York.

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    Vase School of Koloman Moser Johann Loetz Witwe decor Vulkan ca. 1903
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