Three Designs for Playing Cards
Austrian School, c. 1908
by Carl Otto Czeschka (1878-1969)
Gouache, pen, ink and graphite on off-white board
Czeschka began designing postcards and illustrations while he was still a student at the Academy (1894-99). The range of his work is typical for an artist in early twentieth century Vienna, when Decorative Arts became equal to Fine Arts. Czeschka painted frescoes, designed sets (King Lear for Max Rennhart), illustrated luxury editions, designed calendars, programs, ex libris, fonts for printing, interiors (Palais Stoclet), and the present playing cards. He was a member of the Vienna Secession and taught at the School of Applied Arts, where Oskar Kokoschka was one of his students.
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