Jun 18, 2020 - Sale 2538

Sale 2538 - Lot 4

Price Realized: $ 3,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
33x14 1/2 inches, 83 3/4x36 3/4 cm. Wolf und Sohn, Munich.
Condition A-: slight time-staining in margins; minor creases and repaired tears at edges; unobtrusive repaired pin holes in corners. Mounted on Japan.
In 1893, Von Stück officially co-founded the Münich Secession movement, and used an image of the head of Athena on a poster advertising the group's first international exhibition. He had initially painted the image in 1891, and when he adapted it for use with the Secession movement, it was so well received that the image was used on subsequent posters to advertise the group's exhibitions, becoming their de facto emblem. Although it eventually appeared without its mosaic background, we have found some variations from as late as 1921. Rademacher considers the image to be "the first modern artistic German poster" (Rademacher p. 58). In 1898, Gustav Klimt painted Athena, and his image became an emblem for the Vienna Secession as well. Although this poster is undated, the Munich Secession exhibitions moved to the Königsplatz in 1898. The new location, the Kunstausstellungsgebäude (opposite the Glyptotek), is pictured on the bottom of the poster. Wember 745, DFP-III 3213, Reims 1114, Rademacher p. 59, Zeitzieger p. 95 (all var).