Monday, December 10, 2007

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

On an ordinary day thrift shopping I came across an extraordinary find, made doubly fun by the announcement over the intercom that all Christmas items were half off. I bought this box of Christmas cards from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, circa 1985, 'For the Holiday: a Christmas Selection From the Wiener Werkstätte'box and all for $.30. The Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) was part of the Arts & Crafts movement and its members were counterparts to the earlier European movement, with the likes of the Scottish artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. They were artisans designing jewelry, fabric, clothing and everyday objects like furniture and pottery with the Arts & Crafts signature of minimalist and unique geometric shapes in 1900 Vienna. Founded by artists Josef Hoffman and Kolo Moser, some of the Workshop members included Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka. I'm especially interested in that period of German art, pre-World War I and then the Wiemar Republic and its golden child, the extraordinary Bauhaus. So, these little gems were created by Austrian artists who joined the Werkstätte in many ways like one joins a union or political activist group today, as was the custom during that time. Artists were inherently political and stood firmly along the lines they drew, literally and figuratively. The workshop existed from 1903-1932.

Couple and Cat in Snow / Fritzi Low-Lazar

Out in the Snow / Mela Koehler

A Doll for Christmas / Suzi Singer-Schinnerl
(which was always my wish)

Angel With the Star of Bethlehem /Franz Karl Delavilla


alphawoman said...

My Gosh they are beautiful.

Julie Marie said...

You have really found a treasure! I'm going to place a little wager that instead of sending them out you are going to save them - or at least your very favorites!

Isn't it fun to discover a treasure when someone doesn't realize what they have? It has happened to me just a few times in my life.


Granny Smith said...

What a delightful find! I agree with all of the above. If I were you I would keep them. Frame them maybe?

Old Wom Tigley said...

I love these cards...
Nice to be back here again.. I hope my comment finds you well.

Marianne said...

YES!!!!! I had a box of those cards... so many years ago! I actually thought at the time.. "Oh, I'll get another box, just for me..." of course it didn't happen but I'm SO very happy you found them! LOVE THEM

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