Created for the opening of the landmark Moderne Galerie in Munich, we are confronted with a sensuous design of a siren offering us an oyster shell full of pearls. This gallery became famous for being on the frontier of Modern art, one of the first to offer works by van Gogh, the French Impressionists, and the Blauer Reiter group. Leo Putz ca.1910
Leo Putz was sixteen when he entered the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. His father, who was convinced of his son’s extraordinary artistic gift, sent him to the Académie Julian in Paris. After military service, Leo Putz returned to Munich and opened his first studio in 1897, the same year he became a member of the Munich Secession.
Leo Putz’s art ranged from Art Nouveau, Impressionism and the beginnings of Expressionism. His subjects were figures, nudes and landscapes. He also worked as a commercial artist, creating Art Nouveau posters and billboards for the Moderne Galerie München.
A study of German commercial graphics. This bound edition printed in 1927 is an important study of a great era of German graphic design : posters, packaging, advertising, book illustration, programs for theater, sports, etc. Profusely illustrated, mostly with tipped-in color plates of work by Bernhard, Hohlwein, Klinger, Preetorius, Gipkens, Kleukens, Cissarz, Pechstein and many others.
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