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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Monday, July 08, 2013

a bunny faceoff

thanks wikipaintings.org. public domain
Too cute, including the bunny.  And I can't quite make out what's written on the card, at least not to get any sense out of it. This is early pinup artist Raphael Kirchner (Austrian, 1876-1917) with a postcard image from a series called "Girls with Animals," for lack of a more exact term.  (Here's a few more all together on a page.) This looks exactly as Art Nouveau as its 1901 date can make it; Kirchner's also noted as an influence on Alberto Vargas.  Kirchner's work isn't deep in any way, but it's very pretty to behold.  Great lines.


parlance said...

Yes, it's cute. I can't make out the writing, either. The trouble is that germanic handwriting was so stylised in the earlier part of the Twentieth century.

curator said...

Hi Parlance - I know what you mean about the writing. I did my MA thesis on turn of the century Vienna, and I must say trying to decipher any handwriting I saw was quite beyond me.