Two drawings by Carl Otto Czeschka on opposite sides of a single sheet of card (34cm x 13.5cm) for use in volume 1 ("Allerlei Gedanken in Vignettenform") of the Secessionist journal "Die Quelle" ("The Source"). The first, a finished pen and ink drawing for plate 28: "Maiden and Wild Boar over a Pool of Water". The second, a pencil prototype sketch for plate 3: "Centaur with a Bow". The pen and ink drawing remains in fine condition, clean and bright, with just a little minor wear to the very edges of the sheet (not affecting the image). The pencil drawing has loss to the corners where previously mounted to display its counterpart, but is otherwise in very good condition. Unframed.
A beautiful and rare artwork by a leading figure of the Vienna Secession. Carl Otto Czeschka (1878-1960) attended the Akademie der bildenden Künst in Vienna (1894-99), became a member of the Vienna Secession in 1900, and later served as a central figure in the development of the Wiener Werkstätte, where he created his most famous illustrated book "Die Nibelungen" (1909). A friend of Gustav Klimt, he taught at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna (1902-07), where he was one of Oskar Kokoschka's first teachers, as well as at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Hamburg (1907). During this time he became one the most celebrated and prolific illustrators of the movement. The three volume series "Die Quelle" ("The Source") produced by publisher Martin Gerlach, was one of the finest outlets for Secessionist graphic design, and incorporated work by Czeshka, Max Benirschke and Koloman Moser. The first volume, illustrated by Czeshka, issued in 1900, and from which the present drawings come, was composed of dozens of smaller designs for ex-libris plates, menus and such like, and was dedicated to "all sorts of thoughts in vignette form." The present pen and ink thus forms a superb example of Czeshka's work from the period in which he was becoming increasingly associated with the Vienna Secession, whilst still retaining much of his earlier Jugendstil style.
Stock code: 17693