May 13, 2013 - Sale 2314

Sale 2314 - Lot 3

Price Realized: $ 960
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
24 1/4x17 3/4 inches, 61 1/2x45 cm. S. Czeiger, Vienna.
Condition B-: repaired tears, losses and staining at edges; creases, abrasions and restoration in margins and image.
Lefler was a painter, commercial graphic designer and book illustrator. He was a member of Vienna's Kunstlerhaus, joined the Secession and became a founding member of the Hagenbund in 1900. He often worked with his brother-in-law and fellow Secession member Josef Urban, and was in charge of set design at the Vienna Opera under Gustav Mahler from 1900-1903. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Kaiser Franz Josef's assumption of the throne, Vienna spent most of 1898 celebrating the Jubilee in various ways. This poster, for an exhibition by the members of the Kunstlerhaus, was held one year after the founding of the more famous Secession movement. Here, Lefler employs imagery which clearly indicates his awareness of the Secession movement.