CARL OTTO CZESCHKA Illustrations 1895-1900
Limited edition hardcover book, 6.5" x 7"
56 pp, full color throughout
All high-resolution, original source, color-corrected images
Heavyweight, soft paper
Carl Otto Czeschka is recognized by art historians as a pivotal presence in the development of art in the 20th century; he started his career at the beginning of the Art Nouveau movement in Austria and quickly became one of its most celebrated illustrators. By 1908, he had moved with his peers Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser into a style that heralded the coming of Art Deco. His designs are celebrated and presented in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Neue Galerie, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and virtually every major museum worldwide.
While Czeschka's Modernist work (post-1908) for the Wiener Werkstatte is well-documented in books today, his earlier Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil, as it was called in Germany and Austria) line art is largely unavailable, except in period materials.
Make no mistake: this is not your traditional Art Nouveau! Czeschka's illustrations from this period are incredibly beautiful, dark, strange, and macabre. Even the flowery artworks of Czeschka have a weight to them that transcends the simply botanical into bold, dramatic Symbolism.
Century Guild is proud to present the rare Art Nouveau illustrations of Carl Otto Czeschka collected in this book. Each image in Carl Otto Czeschka Illustrations 1895-1900 was captured directly from the original artwork; professionally photographed, meticulously color corrected, and printed for you to enjoy at the highest resolution possible.