December - from "Ver Sacrum" by Alfred Roller

December - from Ver Sacrum by Alfred Roller

December - from "Ver Sacrum"

Alfred Roller

Title

December - from "Ver Sacrum"

 
Artist

Alfred Roller

  1864 - 1935
Year
1901  
Technique
metal relief print with gold & black ink 
Image Size
7 1/2 x 7" image 
Signature
initialled in plate, lower left 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
printed in ink "Dank und Lebewohl, Fur V.S. gezeichnet v. A. Roller OM; December; (p) 24" 
Reference
Ver Sacrum, 1901 (published January, 1901) 
Paper
cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Ver Sacrum (publication of the Vienna Secession movement) 
Inventory ID
13718 
Price
$150.00 
Description
The Austrian subscription journal Ver Sacrum - meaning "sacred spring" in Latin - was considered the official publication of the Vienna Secession movement. The movement itself was in response to the dominant conservative ideologies of the Kunstlerhaus Genessenschaft and the Akademie de bildende Kunste institutions. The leading arts organization at the time was the Association of Austrian Artists, from which such artists as Gustave Klimt, Peter Behrens, Josef Hoffmann, Josef Olbrich, and Alfred Roller resigned once the revolutionary Art Nouveau movement was in full effect in Europe. In addition to being a leading publication of typography and graphic design, Ver Sacrum included writings and sheet music by those writers and musicians who were also interested in breaking away from the confines of the classical movements. Indeed, even the square format, unusual for its time, was revolutionary. Roller's "December" was published in 1901 for the 1902 calendar year. On the verso of this piece is a gridded calendar of Holy Days in four denominations for the month of November (metalplate printed in black ink). (Learn more about the movement at theviennasecession.com)